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Cindy Crawford -- Extortion Victim?

11/12/2009 8:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Cindy Crawford was targeted for extortion, over a photo of her daughter which showed the daughter bound to a chair and gagged.

Documents were filed in federal court saying that Edis Kayalar, a friend of a former nanny of Crawford and husband Rande Gerber, was threatening to sell the photo of the couple's 7-year-old daughter.

Crawford's rep says the photo was taken as part of a game of cops and robbers, without Crawford's knowledge. The docs say the nanny took the photos as a "prank" and that Kayalar stole the picture from her.

We're told Crawford and Gerber went to the cops, who turned it over to the FBI.

According to legal docs, Gerber paid Kayalar $1,000 for what he thought was the original photo. But Gerber claims Kayalar came back a few days later, claiming he still had a copy and demanded more money.

And this is curious .... according to the documents, Kayalar was arrested by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department on September 16, 2009, placed in federal custody by ICE agents for an immigration violation. He was then deported to Germany.

But it didn't end there ... The Feds say on November 1, 2009, Kayalar called the Crawfords from Germany and said he "had no choice now but to extort the victims for money because they had gotten him deported." He demanded $100,000 or else he'd release the photo to the media.

BTW, someone tried peddling the photo to TMZ approximately 6 weeks ago. We passed.

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A Person    

First page. balls sucks donkey balls

1771 days ago

Only marry foreign women    

Mothers are always victims. Poor dear. She must have been out of the house for only a moment.

1771 days ago


That is just DISGUSTING! I hope that Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber do whatever they need to do to get these people punished! How SAD that they can't even trust their Nanny to take proper care of their children.

God help those people that did this - you don't wanna mess with some angry parents who are protecting their baby girl!

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Amazing has TMZ is getting so moralistic now.

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mitch myers    


1771 days ago


This is SO sick! I hope they can get that nanny from Germany or wherever. I feel bad that Cindy's daughter has to be involved in this. She is an innocent child who's picture will probably be seen by pervs everywhere. Just WRONG!

1771 days ago

The Seer    

Two questions:

Did Gerber pay the thousand bucks on his own accord, which makes him a party to the extortion, or did he act in cooperation with the authorites, i.e. local police and FBI?

Why was there a bondage picture of a seven year old?

Doesn't add up, TMZ, per usual when you "break" a story. By your own admission, you knew about this story many weeks ago.

Oh the drama. Oh the suspense. (yawns) You are so transparent. Typical TMZ teaser ruse.

1771 days ago


I'm thinking there is a special bad place for nanny's and their boyfriends who take advantage of kids.

My best wishes for to Rande and Cindy and the family.

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TMZ,, you ain't gonna PASS up chit... liar.. you dont have 100K for the photo..

1771 days ago

Paulie Wants a Cracker    

So when do you have a male nanny to watch a little girl? I find the entire situation upsetting. Why would the so called male nanny take pics of a little girl bound and tied even if she was just playing cops and robbers but it said she was wearing revealing clothing??? What is that about and it sounds disturbing to me. I personally find Cindy and her husband to be a little off, I mean Cindy was shown on video giving another woman a seductive lap dance at a club awhile back and she is a mother. Cindy actually looked like she enjoyed it, much pleasure from it, it didn't look like a joke at all. I think Cindy and hubby are swingers. Just my opinion.

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Is she for gay marriage, and if not do we know if she masturbated at the age of 17?

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Revealing picture of a young girl tied up, cops and robbers ya right!

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Ohh....TMZ are such tastful guys. TMZ would not pass on pulling a penny out of a piss filled urinal....who are you kidding

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