7 Celebrities Who Were Victims Of Extortion And Blackmail
Sometimes being a celebrity has its downfalls. People know they have money and, if they catch them in a weak spot, they will try and take advantage if them. This has happened to several celebrities. Because of their celebrity status, they were targets for extortion and blackmail and had to get in the law involved to have it sorted it. Luckily, all’s well that ends well! Check it out:
7. David Letterman
Back in 2009, David Letterman revealed that he had been the victim of a failed blackmail plot when he received a package containing a threat to reveal a string of affairs he had with female employees on his show in a screenplay and a book unless he paid $2 million. Letterman took the package to the special prosecutions bureau of the Manhattan district attorney’s office, who helped him set up a meeting with his blackmailer to whom they gave a fake check for $2 million. This culminated in Robert J “Joe” Halderman’s arrest. Halderman was the boyfriend of one of Letterman’s assistant, Stephanie Birkett, and one of the woman that he had been engaged in an affair with. Halderman plead guilty to attempted second-degree grand larceny and received six months in jail, five years’ probation and 1,000 hours of community service.
6. Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber were the victims of a $100,000 extortion scheme involving a picture of their seven-year-old daughter Kaia in revealing clothing, bound to a chair and gagged. The photo had been taken by the family’s former nanny while playing cops and robbers, and an acquaintance of the nanny was the one who threatened to sell the photo to the media unless the money was paid. German male model Edis “Eddie” Kayalar was charged with one count of extortion and found guilty, and was sentenced to two years in prison.