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Ramsay 'fabricated lease forgery tale to dodge rental obligations'

By John Aston

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has denied lying in court and "manufacturing" displeasure about his father-in-law using a ghost writer machine to "forge" his signature.

Ramsay is claiming the machine was used without his knowledge to make him personally liable for the £640,000-a-year annual rental on the historic York & Albany pub in London.

The chef says his wife Tana's father, Christopher Hutcheson, acted as business manager for the Ramsay group of companies until dismissed in 2010 and used the machine to forge his signature on the agreement.

Ramsay told the Chancery Division court his father-in-law defrauded him and the group "of hundreds of thousands of pounds". Film director Gary Love, who owns the York & Albany, has described Ramsay's allegation as an "absurd" attempt to wriggle out of his rental commitments.

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