Shocking images which appear to reveal celebrity television chef Nigella Lawson being choked by her husband have been published by British newspaperSunday People.
Lawson was dining with her advertising millionaire husband Charles Saatchi at an outdoor table of a London restaurant when the alleged abuse took place.
According to the UK's Sunday People, fellow diners at the popular seafood restaurant heard Saatchi unleash a tirade of verbal abuse on his wife as she sat tearfully across the table from him nodding her head.
It is alleged 70-year-old Saatchi then reached over the table and grabbed the 53-year-old chef around the neck, first with one hand and then with two.
Sunday People reports Saatchi performed this choking action a total of four times.
Despite the incident being witnessed by several people, nobody is said to have intervened.
Onlookers claim that Lawson used a napkin to wipe tears from her face before gulping a glass of red wine and responding to her husband's rant in a quivering voice, the tabloid paper reported.
“It was utterly shocking to watch,” one witness told Sunday People. “I have no doubt she was scared. It was horrific, really. She was very tearful and was constantly dabbing her eyes.
“Nigella was very, very upset. She had a real look of fear on her face. No man should do that to a woman. She raised her voice and got angry but at the same time was trying to calm him down, almost like you would try to calm down a child."
After the ordeal, onlookers reported seeing a shaken and tearful Lawson lean over the table and kiss Saatchi on the cheek.
Saatchi then stormed out of the restaurant into a waiting car, leaving his wife of ten years to follow after him.
One witness commented to the paper that Saatchi "looked guilty" as he fled the restaurant.
The Daily Mail reports that neither Charles Saatchi nor Nigella Lawson responded to a request for comment.The incident has sparked fervent debate on social media.