Police are investigating reports of an alleged row involving celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and her husband, Charles Saatchi

Couple during happier times

Charles, 70, and Nigella, 53, were at their favourite restaurant in Mayfair where eye witnesses reported a heated exchange and Saatchi was seen with his hands round the TV chef’s throat at least four times before she fled in tears. Over the years many celebs have been victims of and spoken out against domestic violence…


Madonna and Sean Penn


 Madonna still describes Sean Penn as the love of her life. The couple met in ’85 and were married soon afterward. During their short marriage Sean Penn was alleged to have had frequent violent outbursts towards his wife, and was charged with domestic violence in 1988. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and a year later they were divorced. Lucky escape, Madge!


Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee


Talk about a whirlwind romance – the Baywatch star married drummer Tommy Lee after knowing him for just four days. Their stormy marriage lasted just 3 years, and in that time the Mötley Crüe member served 4 months in jail for domestic abuse against Anderson. It’s reported that during this incident Lee kicked pin-up girl Pamela while she was holding their son Dylan.


Rihanna and Chris Brown


R&B star Rihanna has spoken publicly about the abuse she suffered at the hand of her ex-boyfriend after pictures of her bruised face were leaked. The singer was allegedly assaulted in a car after the Grammy’s in 2009 by Chris Brown and had visible bruises on her face. Brown handed himself in to police and issued a statement saying he was “sorry and saddened” and even released a song ‘apologising’. The on-again, off-again couple are – as far as we know right now – not talking.


Mariah Carey and Tommy Mottola


In 2009 Mariah Carey came out and admitted she had been the victim of emotional and mental abuse. Carey married music mogul Tommy Mottola in 1993; they divorced 5 years later. The singer told Larry King: “Abuse has several categories… emotionally, mentally, in other ways. It’s scary. I just think you get into a situation and you feel locked in… For me to really get out of it was difficult because there was a connection that was not only a marriage, but a business where the person was in control of my life.”


Our counsellor, Emma Marlins talks domestic abuse here