Ramsay’s dad-in-law jailed
LONDON: Gordon Ramsay’s father-in-law was jailed yesterday for hacking into the chef’s e-mails to dig up dirt.
Chris Hutcheson broke into personal files to get back at the TV star, pictured, after being thrown out of Ramsay’s lucrative business empire.
The 69-year-old, whose daughter Tana married Ramsay in 1996, conspired with his sons Adam, 47, and Chris jr, 37, to rifle through the chef’s accounts almost 2 000 times, searching e-mails and company computer systems.
Hutcheson was jailed for six months, while his sons were given four-month suspended sentences.
Passing sentence at the Old Bailey, Judge John Bevan QC said: “The whole episode amounts to an unattractive and unedifying example of dirty linen being washed in public.
“By seeking deliberately to get Mr Ramsay into serious trouble, it demonstrates the gravity of what was going on. These e-mails were unsurprisingly embarrassing, damaging and personally distressing to Mr Ramsay.”
Ramsay, 50, once said he and his father-in-law were inseparable, and he made Hutcheson the chief executive of his business empire.
For 12 years, the pair ran his restaurant business side by side, but in 2010 simmering tensions over missing money and serial womanising led to Hutcheson being sacked – sparking a family feud.
Ramsay has previously accused his one-time mentor of plundering £1.42 million to fund a secret second family.