The Grillo sisters appear on This Morning: Nigella Lawson will 'always be loved'
The sisters, who were acquitted of fraud charges made against them by Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson,explained what it was like to live with the volatile couple
Nigella Lawson’s former assistants Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo appeared on This Morning today.
The sisters, who were acquitted of fraud charges made against them by Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson in December 2013, explained what it was like to live with the volatile couple and be part of a highly publicised trial.
During the pre-recorded interview, which aired today (7 January) at 10.50am, the sisters remained positive about their former employer, saying she would “always be loved” by the British public, regardless of the personal details that came out – including her admission to taking drugs in the past – during the case.
"I think maybe we won the case but definitely she had the most support from the public," Francesca said.
"She is well loved and she will always be loved. I’m sure she will be fine. She’s great at what she’s doing and I wish her all the best."
Asked whether they felt guilty about bringing up Lawson’s drug taking during the trial, Lisa said: "I feel sorry that we ended up in that situation, that she did admit to that.
"But no, not guilty, because it was nothing to do with me, it’s her life."
"It was our freedom. We were in court not because of her drug use or because we wanted her to be punished," Francesca added.
Nigella Lawson spoke to Good Morning America last week about her "mortifying" trial ordeal "In admitting it I think she was very brave to do so, good for her for doing so. But I didn’t feel guilty."
This Morning’s editor Adam Vandermark added: "This interview covers the Grillo sisters court case, their feelings at being charged and whether there will be a rapprochement with Nigella.
"It’s their first television interview so it will be fascinating to hear what they both have to say."
The Grillo Sister’s interview followed Nigella Lawson’s first TV appearance since the trial.
The TV chef, whose US show The Taste debuts in the UK on Channel 4 this evening, spoke to anchors on ABC’s Good Morning America about the "mortifying" ordeal, explaining that she got through the worst of the media scrutiny by eating "a lot of chocolate".
When questioned over what giving evidence as a witness in the trial of Elisabetta and Francesca Grillo was like, the mother-of-two said: "I can't really remember exactly because you're so focused on answering the questions to the best of your ability that actually you don't really have an enormous awareness of yourself.
"Maybe that's a good thing. My only desire really was to protect my children as much as possible which... Alas I couldn't always do."
She also reiterated that being called to the witness stand was like being on trial herself.
"To have not only your private life but distortions of your private life put on display is mortifying," she said, adding that other people experience "an awful lot worse and to dwell on any of it would be self pity and I don't like to do that."
- 1 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 2 Ben Affleck asked TV chiefs to hide slave-owning ancestry, new hacked Sony emails published by Wikileaks claim
- 3 Driving while dehydrated can be just as dangerous as drink driving, study suggests
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 One Direction: Louis Tomlinson launching his own record label, has already 'signed two acts'
Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
Driving while dehydrated can be just as dangerous as drink driving, study suggests
Ben Affleck asked TV chiefs to hide slave-owning ancestry, new hacked Sony emails published by Wikileaks claim
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
£18000 - £20000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Assistant (Events busi...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This privately-owned company designs and manuf...
£22000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An opportunity has arisen at th...
£36000 - £40000 per annum + Bonus: Ashdown Group: HR Manager (Generalist) -Old...