No privacy for Ramsay father-in-law
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law and former business partner has no legal right to hide the existence of a "second" family from the "prying eyes" of the tabloid press, says a High Court judge.
In a judgment revealed for the first time, Mr Justice Eady declared Chris Hutcheson could not "rely on the law of privacy" to keep his secret from the public.
The judgment was originally given behind closed doors last December.
It could not be reported pending Mr Hutcheson's appeal against the judge's refusal to grant the 62-year-old an interim privacy injunction to gag the publishers of The Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Mirror.
On Tuesday the Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal and revealed that "KGM", the anonymised individual seeking the injunction, was in fact Christopher Hutcheson.
On Wednesday the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, sitting with Lord Justice Etherton and Lord Justice Gross, ruled after further submissions the 43-paragraph judgment could now be published with just a few redactions.
Allegations that Mr Hutcheson had fathered two children by a mistress were published on Wednesday in the Daily Mail and The Sun.
In his ruling, Mr Justice Eady said Mr Hutcheson's daughter, Tana, was married to chef Ramsay and had only found out recently about her father's "second" family.
Mr Hutcheson was chief executive of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Ltd and Gordon Ramsay Holdings International Ltd which, with various subsidiaries, constituted the Gordon Ramsay Group.
Last October the father-in-law was dismissed, and since that time there had been "a very public slanging match between Gordon Ramsay and the claimant in the columns of various newspapers".