Lawson went from ‘hyperactive Duracell bunny’ to ‘zombie': ex-aides

ISLEWORTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Nigella Lawson leaves Isleworth Crown Court on December 5, 2013 in London, England. Italian sisters Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, who worked as assistants to Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi, are accused of defrauding them of over 300,000 GBP. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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Nigella Lawson, a celebrity chef who admitted hard drug use, was known by her former assistants to have wild mood swings.

Nigella Lawson acted like a “zombie” one minute and a “Duracell bunny” the next, said the Italian sisters cleared Friday of defrauding the TV chef and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi while working as assistants for Lawson.

The Grillo sisters — Francesca and Elisabetta — said on Sunday that Lawson, 53, experienced wild mood swings while strung out on drugs to cope with her broken marriage and demanding work schedule.

Sisters Francesca (left) and Elisabetta Grillo were found not guilty of defrauding Nigella Lawson and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi on Friday.

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Sisters Francesca (left) and Elisabetta Grillo were found not guilty of defrauding Nigella Lawson and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi on Friday.

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“She’d be this hyperactive Duracell bunny buzzing round the house,” Francesca told the British newspaper The Sun.

“But then she wouldn’t be able to sleep and would turn into a zombie. When you spoke to her it was like there was nothing there, she was vacant.”


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