Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber's Alleged Extortion Plot

Entertainment Tonight is reporting that supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber are victims of an alleged extortion attempt.

A rep for the couple has released the following statement:

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. 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."

The photo in question reportedly shows the couple's daughter, Kaia, bound, gagged, and tied to a chair. According to the complaint filed in US District Court, Mr. Kavalar apparently met the former nanny in a bar and stole the photo from her home.

The couple also have a 10-year-old son, Presley Walker.

Photos: Bauer Griffin

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