Nigella Lawson removes wedding band

Last Updated: Jun 20, 2013, 15:09 PM IST

London: Ten days after her husband physically assaulted her in public, TV host Nigella Lawson was spotted without her wedding band.

Sitting alone at a cafe table, Lawson, 53, looked pale and drawn as she spoke on her mobile. It was the first time she has been seen in public since fleeing the couple`s home last Sunday.

Her millionaire art collector husband, Charles Saatchi, was pictured grabbing Lawson by the throat after a row at a restaurant, reported Sun Online.

Following which she left her 10,000 pounds-a-week rented apartment in central London. After initially defending himself, Saatchi, had admitted he assaulted his wife Lawson.

The 70-year-old accepted a police caution for assault, following the shocking photos.

"She clearly has a lot of things on her mind. You could tell she had had a few stressful days. She looked light years away from the gorgeous, voluptuous woman you see on the TV. Things have clearly taken their toll," a source said.

It is understood Lawson, wed ten years, has been at the flat since Monday. Saatchi has not been seen there.