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On Sunday, The Mirror's Sunday People published disturbing photographs of what appeared to be a violent argument between celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and her husband, Charles Saatchi, People reports.

In the photographs, Saatchi is seen clutching Lawson, 53, by the throat while the couple sit outside at a restaurant in London's Mayfair district on June 9. Lawson looks visibly upset as the two argue.

On Monday, Saatchi, the co-founder of the global advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, released a statement to the Evening Standard, defending his actions.

"About a week ago, we were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and I held Nigella's neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasize my point," Saatchi, 70, said in the statement.

"There was no grip, it was a playful tiff. The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella's tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt," he continued.

"We had made up by the time we were home. The paparazzi were congregated outside our house after the story broke [Sunday] morning, so I told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled."

Scotland Yard says that officers from the Community Safety Unit at Westminster are "aware of the Sunday People article, which was published on Sunday 16 June.

"Enquiries are in hand to establish the facts in order to assess whether an investigation is necessary," the statement says.

As yet, no arrests have been made and no complaints filed.

Monday, a rep for Lawson declined comment, "since this is a private matter." Later that day, reports the U.K. Telegraph, when asked to comment on reports that the popular celebrity cook had moved out, her spokesman said: "I can clarify that she has left the family home with her children."


Neil Patrick Harris is returning to the stage - and not to hand out awards, The Associated Press reports.

The four-time Tony Award host and former "Doogie Howser, M.D." will star on Broadway in the spring as the gender-bent rock chanteuse at the center of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," the cult musical that was made into a cult movie.

The rest of the creative team members, cast, dates and the theater will be announced later.

Written by John Cameron Mitchell and composer Stephen Trask, "Hedwig" was an unlikely hit fashioned out of a strange story: a tale of obsession, glam rock, a botched sex-change operation and a quest for identity.

Mitchell starred in an off-Broadway production that played for two years starting in 1998 in the dilapidated ballroom of an ancient Greenwich Village hotel and reprised the role in a 2001 film version. In a statement, Mitchell said: "Who better to pass the wig to but the finest entertainer of his generation?"

Harris, the 40-year-old "How I Met Your Mother" star, has been featured in three Broadway productions, including "Assassins," "Proof" and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in "Cabaret."

In a statement, Harris said: "I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig's heels. It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role, and I can't wait to begin the journey."


Father's Day came early for Kanye West, who welcomed his first child with girlfriend Kim Kardashian on Saturday morning.

Although People confirmed the news through a source, the Kardashian family has remained uncharacteristically mum on social media - until Sunday afternoon, just in time to honor the day for dads.

"HAPPY FATHERS DAY @kanyewest !!!!!" Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner tweeted.

Jenner's shout out was followed by a message from Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian Odom, who tweeted, "I cannot even begin 2describe the miracle that is now a part of our family. Mommy/baby are healthy & resting. We appreciate all of the love."

In a follow-up Tweet, she addressed the public's curiosity in further details on the infant, explaining with a heart icon, "More info will come when the time is right! Thank you all for understanding! We love you all dearly! Overwhelmed with love right now."

Kim, 32, who appears to have gone into labor several weeks early, was accompanied by her beau, 36, at the hospital when she gave birth to their baby girl, whose name has not yet been released to the public.


Charlie Sheen and co-star Selma Blair are engaged in a "heated battle" behind the scenes of their FX series, "Anger Management," sources confirm to E! News.

As first reported by TMZ, Sheen no longer wants to work with the actress, who plays his onscreen therapist, Dr. Kate Wales, after she reportedly complained about his work ethic to "Anger Management" executives.

"Things have gotten ugly," one source on set says, adding that Sheen does not have the exclusive right to fire anyone, but he "certainly can make production impossible."

Sheen has threatened to not show up to work if the issue is not resolved.

FX picked up four years' worth of "Anger Management" episodes last year, and the series shoots rapid-fire, cranking out two episodes per week instead of the usual one.

An FX source says it's possible the show could continue without Blair, but nothing has been decided yet.

FX and reps for both actors did not immediately return E! News' request for comment.


Dave Chappelle is making his most substantial return to stand-up comedy with a one-month tour for Funny Or Die, the AP reports.

The comedian will headline the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, which kicks off Aug. 23 in Austin, Texas. The 13-date, two-stage tour concludes Sept. 22 in Phoenix. It hits the Pittsburgh-area's First Niagara Pavilion Aug. 30. (Tickets are available Friday at 10 a.m. at www.livenation.com, www.funnyordie.com/oddball or Ticketmaster.com.)

The 39-year-old Chappelle has occasionally performed impromptu sets in comedy clubs. But he has largely avoided comedy and public life since abruptly leaving his hit Comedy Central series, "Chappelle's Show," in 2005.

Also on the bill are Flight of the Conchords, Hannibal Buress, Kristen Schaal and Al Madrigal.


A 25-year-old contestant from Connecticut won the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night, the AP reports.

Erin Brady won the beauty pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino after strutting in a white sparkly gown and answering a question about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding widespread DNA tests. Asked if she agreed with the decision, Brady said she did.

Brady gets the crown and a New York apartment for one year.

She is expected to spend her title reign on a nationwide speaking tour and raising breast and ovarian cancer awareness, the organization's official cause.

Unlike the rival Miss America pageant, Miss USA does not ask its queens to perform a talent or choose a charity mission.


Not since Lauren Caitlin Upton's mangled response in 2007's Miss Teen USA competition has a finalist's answer in a pageant picked up traction like it did on Sunday night, People reports.

With six finalists remaining in Las Vegas' Miss USA competition, it was Miss Utah Marissa Powell's turn to answer a question that could make or break her chances of winning the crown.

"A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men," announced one of the judges, NeNe Leakes. "What does this say about society?"

Flashing her pearly whites, Powell, 20, began: "I think we can relate this back to education and how we are continuing to try to strive to ..."

Then with an awkward pause and a big smile, she continued, "Figure out how to create jobs right now. That is the biggest problem. I think especially the men are seen as the leaders of this, so we need to figure out how to create education better so we can solve this problem."

Powell walked away with a smile, and so did the Web, as commentary flew left and right about the contestant's botched answer.

But the results weren't too harsh for the brunette beauty. She still managed to finish as the third runner-up.

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