Estranged wife of Marco Pierre White attacked sons, court told
She accused of kicking her youngest son repeatedly in the groin and grabbing him by hair
Published 08/03/2016 | 07:16
Marco Pierre White’s estranged wife kicked her youngest son repeatedly in the groin and grabbed him by the hair, a court heard .
Matilde Conejero, 51, allegedly assaulted Marco Pierre White jnr, 20, then laid into her eldest son, Luciano, 22, when he stepped in.
At Uxbridge Magistrates Court, the mother of three, of Chiswick High Road, west London, pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault by beating. She is due to stand trial in May.
Spanish-born Ms Conejero, who appeared on court papers as Matilde White, first met her chef husband while working as a bar manager in one of his restaurants. Relations between the couple began to break down in 2005 when she accused him of cheating with financier Robin Saunders.
The chef spent 14 hours in a police cell after he and his wife had a row.
The pair split in 2007, with Matilde filing for divorce on the grounds of his unreasonable behaviour.
But divorce proceedings were withdrawn in 2011 after running up legal bills estimated at £3 million.
Leeds-born Marco Pierre White, 54, was the youngest chef to be given three Michelin stars at the age of 33. He has since run a string of renowned restaurants in London alongside several steakhouse bar and grills across the country and is now known as the television face of Knorr.