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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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ACCU KOOKY    

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1617 days ago
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gggossiphound    

12. 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.

Posted at 7:12PM on Nov 12th 2009 by Stacie

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Stacie Honey - you don't seem to have READ the story very well. I don't see anywhere in the article where it says that the Nanny was a MAN. The MAN who was extorting money from Cindy and Rande was a FRIEND (or acquaintance) of the Nanny. AND - since when is there an issue with MEN being nannies? That's some seriously narrow-minded thinking...

And another thing... What does Cindy doing a "lap dance" (as a joke or otherwise) have to do with inappropriate photos being taken of a SEVEN year old child?!?! Even if the Gerbers are swingers (which I don't necessarily think is true - nor do I care) how does that translate to taking inappropriate photos of their small CHILD?!?

I hope this slimebag gets prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And I hope if the Nanny was in on it at all - she gets prosecuted too.

P.S. I'd imagine TMZ could afford to pay for these photos IF they wanted them. I also know that TMZ won't publish inappropriate pictures of a child - both because it's DISGUSTING and because then they could be prosecuted for distributing child pornography.

1617 days ago
18.

Loulou    

balls sucks balls

1617 days ago
19.

X************X    

12. So when do you have a male nanny to watch a little girl? I find the entire situation upsetting.

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It is more upsetting that you didn't even read the article before rushing to post your stupid comments....

1617 days ago
20.

m    

First obeservation: Funny how TMZ tries to act all noble saying they passed on this photo or that video. Whatever you lying pricks, you're just afraid of getting SUED.

Second observation: I really, really, really hope "balls" gets bitch slapped by his mom for surfing the net when he is supposed to be doing his homework.

1617 days ago
21.

flowerchild    

One of a thousand good reasons to stay home with your kids, not hire a "nanny" to raise your children.

1617 days ago
22.

X************X    

24. One of a thousand good reasons to stay home with your kids, not hire a "nanny" to raise your children.
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When you are running a multi-million dollar business as Cindy is, it is not always possible to sit home all day on your fat arse watching TV...oh, I mean the kids.

1617 days ago
23.

the truth hurts huh    

Good to know who's taking care of your kids while you're away.


And - why did Randy Gerber pay him anything for the photo????

1617 days ago
24.

Somebody , shoot it! Quick!    

TMZ passed onthe pic because it was of a child. If it had been some 44 yr.entertainer, we would have seen that picture.

The Gerbers hired a nanny.Fine. I always assume they get nannys from reputable agencies. This nany and the friends need to be jailed. The nanny is the former nanny. She/he took a prank pic of the child bound and gagged? That is not a prank, but child porn. Good Lord!!!

1617 days ago
25.

GodOfComments    

Edis Kayalar is Frankenstein and you are the House Of Frankenstein TMZ.

Your type of sensationalization journalism motivates men like Edis, to get their girlfriend to stage a photo op like that and market it to gossip sites like yourself and your sponsors and the dumb ass masses of people buy into this crap.

Torches and crowds.

1617 days ago
26.

BETTYB    

How stupid these two are to have paid $1,000 to these clowns in the first place!!!!! Should have gone directly to the police.

1616 days ago
27.

KC    

Why didn't TMZ go to the police with the disturbing photo of a child tied up and gagged? Doesn't anyone on your staff have children?

1616 days ago
28.

phil    

If this had been a pic of my seven year-old daughter, the perpetrator, (now in Germany), could find no safe place to hide. I am a father. I am..the law.

1616 days ago
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s.b    

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

Wow, then the people being "extorted" must be pro-gay.

1616 days ago
30.

BGL    

You do not tie up a little girl to play cops and robbers and you sure as hell don't take a picture of the child tied up unless you are up to no good in the first place. The nanny is lying and was in on this from the get-go. Gerber should not have paid the bastard anything. What he should have done was beat the living hell out of that lying bitch-nanny and the bastard that tied his daughter up.

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