The argument between Lawson and her second husband, Charles Saatchi took place on the terrace outside of Scott’s, a popular London restaurant. Saatchi appeared to be the main instigator of the fight and besides raising his voice he appeared to grab his wife around the throat.
The couple are frequent customers at the restaurant, as are many other celebrities, and consequently a photographer managed to capture the incident.
Despite the fight happening in such a public place, no one stepped in to prevent the argument escalating further.
Nigella raised her voice in response and tried to calm her husband down. At one point she was seen kissing her husband on the cheek to pacify him, a gesture that puzzled many onlookers.
Shortly after returning home, Nigella was seen leaving her residence with a suitcase.
Australian DJ, Dee Dee Dunleavy, has already found herself in trouble over the incident when comments made on her blog were interpreted as a call to boycott Nigella’s books until she took a stand against domestic violence.
Many people responded on Twitter, accusing Dunleavy of victimising Nigella so soon after the fight.
She has since clarified her comments during an interview with fellow radio presenter on 3AW this morning.
“I probably could have worded that better because a lot of people have misunderstood that I’m calling for a boycott of Nigella’s books,” she told Neil Mitchell.
“I’m a massive Nigella fan, (but) if she wants to be that person that we look up to and we watch, then she also needs to be a leader.”
So far there has been no official statement on the incident from Nigella or her spokesperson.