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Judge to Gordon Ramsay: Pay up

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Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is facing a real-life kitchen nightmare after a British judge on Tuesday ruled him personally liable for the 640,000-pound ($1million) annual rent on a London gastropub.

Ramsay accused his father-in-law, Christopher Hutcheson, of using an autopen machine to forge his signature on a document making Ramsay personal guarantor for the rent on the York & Albany pub, now a fashionable dining spot. But High Court judge Paul Morgan ruled that the contract was binding. He said that when the 25-year lease was signed in 2007, Hutcheson “was acting within the wide general authority conferred on him by Mr. Ramsay” to manage his business. He said Ramsay knew that the autopen — a device often used by authors to sign multiple copies of their books — was “routinely used to place his signature on legal documents.”

Ramsay fired Hutcheson, the father of his wife Tana, in late 2010, accusing him of gross misconduct.

SPEECH FALLOUT

Jessica Chastain said Tuesday she has received a barrage of abuse after her recent speech urging more diversity in Hollywood. The American actress, who was honored as Most Valuable Player at last Thursday’s Critics’ Choice Awards ceremony, used her time onstage to make a plea to Hollywood executives and actors on the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The Zero Dark Thirty star implored those in attendance to “stand together against homophobic, sexist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic and racist agendas.”

IN THE GENES

Sharon Osbourne survived colon cancer but has a new health concern new to worry about. She recently revealed that she underwent genetic testing in England that indicated she has two of four mutations that are linked to a risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Her father had the memory robbing illness, the 62-year-old TV personality told The Daily Mirror.

SINGLE & DATING

Twilight fans, listen up. Taylor Lautner is single again. The actor has parted ways with his Tracers costar Marie Avgeropoulos. The two met on the set of the 2013 flick. E! News reports the breakup was “completely amicable,” and Lautner has moved on to a new human.

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