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Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law pleads guilty to computer hacking

Gemma Strong

Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law and two other family members have pleaded guilty to hacking computers the celebrity chef used for his business interests. Christopher Hutcheson, 68, and his sons Adam, 46, and Christopher Jr, 37, appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday where they admitted conspiring to unlawfully access Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited's system between 23 October 2010 and 31 March 2011. Christopher's daughter Orlanda Butland denied the charge, and the prosecution offered no evidence in her case, effectively ending proceedings against her.

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Tana's father, Chris Hutcheson, has pleaded guilty to hacking Gordon Ramsay's computer

The guilty pleas come six years after Gordon accused his father-in-law of hacking his computers, leading to a drawn-out and high-profile legal battle. Christopher had previously worked as chief executive of Gordon Ramsay Holdings but was sacked in October 2010 by the celebrity chef. The Hutchesons were charged under Operation Tuletta, one of several investigations that followed revelations of phone hacking involving the media. Sentencing has been adjourned until 2 June.

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Tana's two brothers have also pleaded guilty

Christopher is the father of Gordon's wife Tana. Gordon and Tana have been married since 1996 and are parents to four children: Megan, 18, twins Jack and Holly, 17, and Matilda, 15. Earlier this week, the 50-year-old made headlines when he revealed he will not be leaving his £113million fortune to his kids. "It's definitely not going to them," he told the Telegraph. "And that's not in a mean way; it's to not spoil them. The only thing I've agreed with Tana is they get a 25 per cent deposit on a flat, but not the whole flat."

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Tana's sister, Orlanda Butland, has denied the charge

He also revealed that his stringent parenting approach doesn't relax – even when he's on holiday. "They don't sit with us in first class," Gordon said. "They haven't worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you're telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they don't. We're really strict on that."

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