UK police looking into Nigella Lawson throat-grab photos
British police are investigating newspaper photos that show art collector Charles Saatchi grasping the throat of his wife, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson.
The pictures drew widespread condemnation after they were published by the Sunday People tabloid. The paper said the images were taken during an argument at a London restaurant June 9.
London police said Monday they hadn’t received a criminal complaint about the incident, and “inquiries are in hand to establish the facts” in order to assess whether a formal investigation is warranted.
Saatchi told London’s Evening Standard newspaper that the pictures misrepresented a “playful tiff.”
In Israel, Barbra Streisand criticizes treatment of women
Entertainer Barbra Streisand waded into one of Israel’s touchiest issues Monday on the first major stop of her tour of the country — Jewish religious practices that separate men and women.
Speaking at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Monday, where she received an honorary doctorate, she took aim at cases of ultra-Orthodox Jews targeting women, even as she warmly praised the country.
“I realize it’s not easy to fully grasp the dynamics of what happens in a foreign land,” she said.
But “it’s distressing to read about women in Israel being forced to sit in the back of the bus or when we hear about ‘Women of the Wall’ having metal chairs thrown at them when they attempt to peacefully and legally pray.”
Earlier in the day, the entertainer met 20 children with life- threatening illnesses from the “Make-A-Wish” Foundation.