In November, ex-model Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber were victims of an alleged extortion plot. According to authorities, Edis Kayalar, 26, allegedly tried to extort $100,000 from the ex-model and her husband over a photo of their daughter bound to a chair and gagged.
Although Kayalar is being charged with one count of a extortion, he is currently believed to be in Stuttgart, Germany after he was recently deported. An arrest in the case has not been made. The photo was purportedly taken by the couple's former nanny earlier this year and shows the girl, then 7, bound to a chair wearing shorts and a T-shirt.
The daughter told her parents, who were unaware of the photo, that the nanny took the picture as part of a "cops and robbers" game, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Kayalar stole the photo from the nanny and repeatedly sought to get money from Crawford and Gerber, starting in July, according to the affidavit.
Gerber later met with him at a bar, where Kayalar showed him a copy of the photo.
Although Gerber eventually gave Kayalar $1,000 in cash “for his trouble" Kayalar believed he could have received $500,000 from the tabloids for the photograph and that he deserved more money from them, according to the affidavit.
Although Kayalar is not in the country, he faces one count of a extortion and could face up to two years in prison if convicted. In Los Angeles, extortion is defined as the act of using threats to obtain money or property from a person. A threat in the case of extortion does not include immediate or impending physical harm, but rather the possibility of harm in the future. Extortion is a criminal offense that can result in jail or prison as well as many other consequences if convicted. If the case has received media attention, as is the case here, then the prosecutor’s office typically takes an even tougher stance and may ask for the maximum sentence.
If you have been accused of extortion, you need a knowledgeable team to help defend your rights in court. The experienced Los Angeles white collar crime attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP can devise a defense that could have your charges dropped or sentencing minimized.
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