- 09:42, 11 APR 2017
Gordon Ramsay‘s father-in-law today pleaded guilty to hacking the celebrity chef’s computer.
Christopher Hutcheson, 68, admitted the offence at the Old Bailey.
Hutcheson Snr, who is now estranged from the foul-mouthed TV favourite, and his son and daughter, ran Ramsay’s business empire for 12 years alongside the firebrand chef as a “committee of two” until October 2010.
A legal settlement two years later cost Ramsay £2million to cut all professional ties with his father-in-law.
Hutcheson Snr was charged under Operation Tuletta with conspiring to cause a computer to access programs and data without authority.
Three of his children – Adam Hutcheson, 46, Orlanda Butland, 45, and Chris Hutcheson Jnr, 37 – also faced the same charge.
They appeared at the Old Bailey before Judge Gerald Gordon and spoke to confirm their identities.
The defendants pleaded guilty apart from Ms Butland, who denied the charge.
The prosecution accepted the pleas and offered no evidence in relation to Ms Butland.
Hutcheson Snr is the father of Ramsay’s wife, Tana.
The charges relate to an alleged plot to hack the computer system at Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd between October 23, 2010 and March 31, 2011.
The defendants, Butland, of Wycombe Place, Earlsfield, south-west London, Hutcheson Snr, who has a home in Druillat, France, but gave the same address as his daughter, Hutcheson Jnr, of Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, and Adam Hutcheson, of Sevenoaks, Kent, were on bail.
The judge agreed to the preparation of pre-sentence reports and said all sentencing options were open. He adjourned sentencing to June 2.