Former supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber were targeted in an extortion scheme over a German man trying to extort $100,000 over a photo of the couple’s daughter. Read more on this story below.
Cindy Crawford was the victim of an extortion scheme by a German man that was arrested after attempting to extort $100,000 over a photo of their daughter Kaya (at the age of 7) bound to a chair and gagged.
Documents that were filed on Thursday by the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in U.S. District Court say an acquaintance of their ex-Nanny was threatening to sell the photo of their daughter, Kaya Gerber. The photo was reportedly taken by the couple’s former nanny and shows the girl bound to a chair in revealing clothing..
“A criminal complaint was filed today in federal court in Los Angeles by the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI stating that Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford have been the victims of an on-going extortion scheme,” Crawford’s spokeswoman Annett Wolfsaid in a statement Thursday. “This crime has been committed by Edis Kayalar, an acquaintance of a former nanny employed by the family. Mr. Kayalar threatened to sell an image taken of the couple’s then-seven-year-old daughter. There was no previous awareness by Mr. Gerber and Ms. Crawford of the existence of the photograph when they were contacted by Mr. Kayalar. The photo was taken by the former nanny as part of a purported game without the knowledge of the parents. The couple reported the extortion threat to the police and the FBI began a criminal investigation in the matter. Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford intend to pursue any and all available legal action against anyone who aids the perpetrator in the distribution or sale of the photograph of their daughter.”
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