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Ad Mogul Charles Saatchi

'Cautioned' By Cops After

CHOKING WIFE

6/18/2013 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Advertising mogul Charles Saatchi -- one of the biggest art collectors in the world -- was given an official "caution" by London police after photos emerged showing the 70-year-old CHOKING HIS WIFE with his bare hands.

The story is exploding in the U.K. ... after photos surfaced showing Saatchi with his hands wrapped tightly around the neck of his wife Nigella Lawson -- a celebrity chef who recently appeared on "The Taste."

The photos were taken while Saatchi and Lawson were having dinner last week at Scott’s in Mayfair -- a very posh London restaurant.

Saatchi insisted he wasn't trying to hurt Lawson -- claiming they were merely in the middle of a "playful tiff." The look of sheer terror on Lawson's face says otherwise ...

Saatchi also said, "The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt."

Lawson has reportedly left the couple's home with her children -- though Saatchi insists he sent her away to escape the media blitz until "the dust settled."

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31.

deena    

Run as fast as you can!

402 days ago
32.

ilovegossip    

Why isn't SHE issuing a statement? That's who I want to hear the truth from...

402 days ago
33.

Donka Do Ball    

She'll keep her Pig Mouth shut
if she knows what's good for her...

402 days ago
34.

paul a.    

Dump his ass!

402 days ago
35.

CriticXtreme    

You see the description, "Mogul?" That says it all. You knew what you were getting into when you hooked up with an old rich dude from the old school where woman had no voice and were used for one thing. Now after all this media attention, how much you want to bet you won't leave.

402 days ago
36.

Deesker    

Never heard of this woman and all bets are on she'll go back to this abuser.

402 days ago
37.

LittleBIt    

Good for Nigella for leaving his abusive a**!!! Dont go back, girlfriend. You deserve to live a better life than that. Hand across her mouth . . . . . . hands around her neck . . . . . God only knows what he does behind closed doors but we have a pretty good idea. Walk away Nigella and dont look back at this abusive ba**ard. I'd pay to see this p**ck get the living hell bet out of him. Hey a**hole, what goes around comes around. Cant beat up a man ya pu**y, so you beat up and terrorize women. Big man.

402 days ago
38.

violetta5    

Every abuser makes excuses when he is caught red handed! Nigella leave this man he will keep abusing you!

402 days ago
39.

baybomber    

If he was black... he'd be under the jail house!

402 days ago
40.

marlee5574    

He seems to have an answer for everything. I guess he thinks people are stupid.

402 days ago
41.

just sayin    

cautioned... what a joke. that is a felony where I live.

402 days ago
42.

4reallikecomon    

The way the racist white people talk bad about other races you wouldnt think something like this could happen...

402 days ago
43.

Simone    

These photos are so upsetting. There's another one not pictured here of him forcefully putting his hand over her mouth to quiet her (again they were out in a public place - he's so bold he thinks he can talk his way out of anything.) This guy just seems like a master manipulator. I really hope somebody close to Nigella can help her get out of this situation. She seems like a really lovely person.

402 days ago
44.

whatsup    

Not condoning violence, but this is obviously not the first time it has happened. He got caught, and they both insist it was a playful tiff. She should have been out of there long time ago. If she won't help herself and her kids out of this situation then why should anyone else

402 days ago
45.

Get back to work!    

File. For. Divorce. Immediately.
If he is brazen enough to do such a thing in public, imagine what he's capable of doing in private.

402 days ago
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