Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay’s in-laws are in limelight for all the wrong reasons as his father-in-law and three others from the family are charged in computer hacking case. Ramsay had fired his father-in-law from his company seven years back.
As per the details provided by London’s Metropolitan Police Service, Chris Hutcheson, Ramsay’s father-in-law and father of his wife Tana, will appear in court on March 14 with his other three adult children on charges of hacking computer data without permission.
Tana Ramsay, Ramsay’s wife is an established cookbook author and a renowned children’s TV host married to Ramsay for 20 years. Her name has not been connected to this case as she estranged from her father long ago.
The whole episode of the computer hacking case seems like the latest spicy dish being cooked in three starred Michelin. The chef is a well known name in households for his successful reality TV cooking shows like “MasterChef”, “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares.”
The whole controversy first caught attention in October 2010 when Hutcheson was fired by Ramsay from the post of chief executive of his company.
Hutcheson had also blamed Ramsay in his legal complaint in the year 2011 for unfair removal from the company. In his defense, Ramsay accused Hutcheson of hacking his email and decanting 1.4 million pounds from the company’s Holdings. The total siphoned amount comes to US$1.75 million as per the latest dollar rate.
Though Ramsay and Hutcheson were successful in settling the case outside court, Ramsay blamed Hutcheson for stealing the money to fulfill the needs of his secret second family. However, the allegations were denied by Hutcheson.
The outside court settlement doesn’t seem to give any relief to Hutchesons as police informed that Hutcheson and his sons, Adam Hutcheson and Chris Hutcheson and his daughter Orlanda Butland were accused in the violation of the Criminal Law Act of 1977.
As per the information provided by the police, the whole conspiracy sprung from Oct. 23, 2010 onwards when Hutcheson was fired by Ramsay and became more grave by March 3, 2011.
Police didn’t divulge any other details about the case apart from telling that the case came into light after the 2011 investigation by British tabloid newspapers to look into the unauthorized computer hacking of famous celebrities. However, the police didn’t clarify how the investigations were linked to each other.