NIGELLA Lawson's lavish spending included splashing out more than £1,500 on a sofa from a Croydon furniture store, a court heard. Personal assistant Anzelle Wasserman told a jury she spent thousands of pounds for the family on luxury goods using a credit card given to her by the celebrity chef's estranged husband, Charles Saatchi. This included splurging thousands of pounds on flowers, Glastonbury tickets and, according to one card statement, a £1,575 DFS sofa from the chain's Croydon shop. The sofa was said to be for Mr Saatchi's daughter Phoebe. Ms Wasserman was giving evidence against sisters Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo who are accused of lavishing £685,000 on themselves over a four-year period while working for the couple. The case has been the subject of detailed media attention, after Mr Saatchi alleged his wife had taken drugs regularly during their marriage – claims largely refuted by Nigella, when she appeared before Isleworth Crown Court last week.
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