The photographer who took pictures of Nigella Lawson being assaulted by her husband says the attack lasted for “27 minutes of madness” but he didn’t intervene because he feared being arrested himself.
Snapper Jean-Paul says the incident outside a London restaurant shouldn’t be brushed under the carpet and the celebrity chef Lawson was “properly abused” by art collector husband Charles Saatchi.
“What I witnessed was 27 minutes of madness,” Jean-Paul wrote in the British tabloid Sunday People, which first published his shocking pictures last weekend.
“That’s how long the abuse lasted from start to finish so it was most definitely not a fleeting moment.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg came under fire last week for suggesting Saatchi’s clutching of his wife’s throat could have been “just a fleeting thing”.
Government minister Alistair Burt on Saturday said he would have intervened if he had witnessed the assault on the celebrity chef and there should be “no toleration” of violence against women.
Jean-Paul said people had asked why he didn’t intervene but the answer was simple.
“I would have been arrested,” he wrote on Sunday.
“I’m paparazzi so everyone hates you to begin with.
“The best thing I could do was carry on taking the pictures because now everyone can see that Charles Saatchi is an abuser.”