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Updated: August 9, 2013 6:04AM



Friends and business associates of both Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi tell this column they expect the pending divorce of the high-profile TV personality and the advertising mogul/major art collector to get very nasty.

Saatchi announced his divorce filing Sunday after a decade-long marriage— a move widely anticipated following that infamous photo of the ad kingpin appearing to choke his celebrity foodie wife on the terrace of a London restaurant last month. Shortly afterward, Lawson moved out of the couple’s home in the British capital.

Lawson has remained mum about the entire incident, while Saatchi has made numerous statements — mainly claiming the photo exaggerated what he admitted was a heated argument.

On Sunday, Saatchi added he was divorcing the mentor from ABC’s “The Taste” because they have become “estranged” over the past year and “drifted apart.”

He also tweaked his wife, saying he was “disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women and have never abused her physically in any way.”

A longtime friend of Lawson’s said Sunday that while the couple “have obviously had serious problems for a long time — Charles is not easy to live with because he’s so demanding — I thought they would patch things up again, like they have before.”

Reportedly there is a prenuptial agreement, but another source added, “that doesn’t mean there won’t be a big battle over money.”

TEAMING UP: It’s good to hear Katherine Jackson has worked things out with Debbie Rowe to help Jackson’s granddaughter and Rowe’s biological daughter, Paris Jackson, get on the road to emotional and psychological recovery.

I understand from a good source that both women “are on the same page” about the plan for Paris to head to the Diamond Ranch Academy in Utah — an upscale treatment center and private boarding school for troubled teens.

STARGAZING: We’ve heard it before, but a source tells Us Weekly that South Side native, actress and Sun-Times Splash contributor Jenny McCarthy is in serious negotiations to be comedian Joy Behar’s replacement on “The View” this fall. Reportedly McCarthy is being boosted by “View” panelists Whoopi Goldberg and fellow Chicagoan Sherri Shepherd. Mathew Knowles, the father and former manager of Beyonce, has married his longtime fiancée, ex-model Gena Charmaine Avery in Houston. Avery currently works there as a real estate agent — and no, Beyonce did not include her dad’s wedding on her schedule last week. Knowles divorced Beyonce and sister Solange’s mom, Tina, in 2011 after 31 years of marriage. It was a contentious split after revelations of infidelity on his part.

FAB 4TH FETE: As always, the big July 4th holiday bash Renee and Lester Crown annually host with their family atop Aspen Mountain in the popular Colorado resort attracted an eceletic Who’s Who of celebrities and prominent Chicagoans to toast the nation’s birthday.Among those spied mingling and chowing down on the delicious spread of fancy picnic-inspired fare were cosmetics mogul

Leonard Lauder; “The Bold and the Beautiful” honcho Bradley Bell and his wife, Colleen; U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein; Aspen Institute CEO and author Walter Isaacson (“Jobs”); New York City deputy mayor and ex-Chicago Robert Steel; Playboy legend Barbi Benton; former ski champ Andy Mill, and Hollywood producer Brad Krevoy, who quipped as he snapped photos, “I may not have a G-5 [private jet] but here’s my new G-15 [camera].”Not surprisingly there were a ton of well-known folks from Our Town seen celebrating at the mountaintop festivities, including

Miles White, Holly and John Madigan, Ken Griffin, Chris Reyes, Michael Sacks, Maria and Bill Smithburg, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, Joan Steel, Nancy and Jim Loewenberg, Robin and Mark Tebbe, Joan Harris, Bill Marovitz, Arny Granat and Irene Michaels.

NUMBERS GAME: The numeral “1” clearly will be in focus at the installation of the new president of Rotary/One Tuesday, as Latham & Watkins partner Michael Faris is named the 111th prez of the world’s very first Rotary International club — which now counts some 34,000 clubs, with 1.2 million members, around the globe.

Ron Burton , international president of the service organization, will be flying in from Oklahoma for the ceremony at the Union League Club.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Actor Jaleel White (“Family Matters”) made the scene at RPM Italian, Studio Paris and Bub City, while in town over the holiday weekend. … Patrick Sharp was spied at Bull & Bear, plus Siena Tavern, where his Hawks teammate Daniel Carcillo was also spotted. … Cubs outfielder David DeJesus enjoyed the holiday weekend weather by dining with his family on the patio at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier. … Ay Chiwowa sightings over the past few days have included the Tennessee Titans’ Mike Martin, Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Paul Hamm and rapper G Love.



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