‘Hells Kitchen’ star Gordon Ramsay has finally reached a settlement with his father in law and former business partner, Chris Hutcheson, after a long battle over money stolen from the company and email hacking.
According to the Daily Mail, The celebrity chef started a major family feud when he fired his father in law in 2010 after he allegedly found out that Hutcheson had broken into his personal and company files and stole more than $2 million to cover up an affair he was having. Hutcheson was said to be paying almost $8,000 a month to support his incredibly expensive mistress.
Hutcheson has long denied the allegations of an affair and filed a libel lawsuit against Ramsay, who in turn took further legal action against his wife, Tana’s relatives and prompted her to cut ties with her father. A source close to Ramsay told the publication;
“Gordon has spent a fortune to get to this point—not just on lawyers but accountants and computer experts. He wanted to sever every tie with his father-in-law, but of course it’s meant Tana has had to pay a very heavy price.”
Now it seems that the pair has reached a settlement and although the finer details of the agreement have not been reached reports are saying that Ramsay will pay Hutcheson roughly $3 million to end the civil litigation between them and wants to buy out Hucheson’s 30 percent share in Gordon Ramsay Holdings. Chef Ramsay’s rep said;
“The terms of the settlement are confidential, but we can confirm that Chris Hutcheson is no longer a director or shareholder of Gordon Ramsay Holdings and all civil litigation and employment tribunal claims brought by each of the two parties and other family members have been withdrawn.”
Ramsay won a $400,000 judgment in December, with the judge ruling that Hutcheson and his children breached his confidential records when they broke into his personal emails and files.