The celebrity food world was in shock last week when Marco Pierre White’s estranged wife Mati Conejero, 51, was charged with attacking two men at her £500,000 London home.
What I can reveal is that the story is even more astonishing as the two men she is accused of assaulting are actually her own sons, Luciano, 21, and Marco Junior, 20.
Pictured, celebrity chef Marco Pierre White with his estranged wife Mati Conejero, 51, who was charged with attacking two men at her £500,000 London home
I spoke to Mati last night who told me: ‘There are two charges, one is one son, and one is the other. I’m not speaking to the press. When the time’s right I will.’
Naturally, there is an awful lot that cannot be disclosed for legal reasons but I can report that the alleged assaults happened on September 20 at her flat in Chiswick.
Mati was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm after her sons made an allegation of assault. She has been summoned to appear at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on March 7.
Luciano, who has a flat adjoining his mother’s, and Marco Junior are models and are often photographed on London’s social scene. They could not be contacted for comment.
Mati separated from Marco in spectacularly bitter fashion after seven years of marriage. She filed for divorce on grounds of unreasonable behaviour but proceedings were halted after they reportedly ran up legal bills of an estimated £3 million. They remain married.
It has been revealed that Mati was charged with assaulting her sons, Luciano, 21, (left) and Marco Junior, 20
Relations between them began to break down in 2005 when she accused him of cheating. The chef spent 14 hours in a police cell after he and his wife rowed.
The couple also have daughter Mirabelle, 13, named after the famous Mayfair restaurants Marco once owned.
Last year, when asked about Mati, he said: ‘We spent a long time of our lives with one another. I’ll always love her. She’s a special and wonderful woman.’
Marco, 54 and married three times, is in a relationship with Silent Witness star Emilia Fox.
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