The two sisters claim that they verbally agreed with Lawson that they could use the credit card freely if they kept silent about her alleged d–g abuse.
“I wish this last year had never happened,” Saatchi told jurors during the trial held at Isleworth Crown Court in West London. “If you think I am taking any pleasure from this situation then you are greatly mistaken.”
The trial also included the reading of an email sent by Saatchi in which he accused Lawson of being “off your head on dr–s.”
“I could only laugh at your sorry depravity,” the email read.
He said: “I am utterly bereft that this private note has come back to haunt us.”
Saatchi also wrote that Grillo sisters could escape the conviction of fraud because the chef was “so off her head.”
However, he admitted that he had never seen any proof that Lawson was using drugs.
As for the photos taken at the restaurant in Mayfair in June, the art collector said he “was not gripping, throttling or strangling her.”
“I wanted her to focus on what we were talking about,” he said.
Saatchi and Lawson divorced in July after a 10-year marriage after photos of him surfaced showing him with his hands around his ex-wife’s neck at a London restaurant.