Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law and three other members of his family appeared in court today, accused of hacking into the chef's company computers.
Chris Hutcheson - along with his sons Adam and Chris Hutcheson Jnr and daughter Orlanda Butland - has been charged under Operation Tuleta with conspiring to cause a computer to access programs and data without authority, between 23 October 2010 and 3 March 2011.
All four appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court today and spoke only to confirm their names and addresses.
Prosecutor Dan Suter told the court that the prosecution was brought by the International Justice and Organised Crime Division.
Describing it as a "convoluted" case with voluminous amounts of paperwork, he said it concerned "hacking of a computer system of Gordon Ramsay Holding Ltd and email accounts of company employees."
Senior district judge Emma Arbuthnot granted unconditional bail to all four defendants until 11 April when a preliminary hearing has been scheduled at the Old Bailey.
Hutcheson Snr was chief executive for four years of Gordon Ramsay Holdings, which ran his restaurants and other business interests, until he was sacked by Ramsay in October 2010.
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