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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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Jennifer Bouldack    

Some of you people clearly read the story thoroughly, and to you I say, "Well done."

On the other hand, some of you people are pure idiots.

1. The nanny was a WOMAN. WHERE did you read the nanny was a man? Please point out to me where you read that, because you seemed so emphatic about that, and you surely wouldn't have made such a rant without being sure of what you wrote.

2. The child didn't tell the parents about the picture because the nanny made it part of a game to the child and made the child think it was harmless and just part of the game. It obviously didn't stand out to the child more than any other part of the game, as the nanny planned, so the child had no reason to tell the parents of the event.

3. The Gerbers paying the initial $1,000 to the man does NOT make them a "party" to extortion, it makes them a VICTIM of extortion. Paying that money didn't suddenly change their status from victims to "a party to" the crime. Why, on earth, would someone say that? What about paying that money in your mind turned them into perpetrators? Where did you get that information, because it is 100 percent inaccurate, so I am guessing you simply got it out of your head, or perhaps some other orifice.

4. You people have a lot of nerve judging the victims here, the Gerbers, for having a nanny to care for their daughter. Many American families have hired the occasional babysitter. Unless you have some intimate information about the Gerber family being negligent that the rest of us don't have, and you would pretty much have to be living under their roof to know that, then you are in no position to judge them for hiring child care.

5. This is the dumbest of all - Mr. Gerber paid the man the initial $1,000 as a REWARD. If you bothered to READ THE COMPLAINT, you would have seen that the man initially claimed to have "rescued" the picture from the FIRED nanny and then repeatedly asked for a REWARD for having returned the picture. The Gerbers had NO reason - at that point - to believe that this man would resort to extortion. He did not call to extort them until AFTER he was deported. READ BEFORE YOU WRITE.

6. No, THIS is the dumbest of all: "And If the mother did not initially know about the pictures, then how did she know of the events in which the pictures were taken?" READ THE FREAKING COMPLAINT BEFORE YOU WRITE. It CLEARLY states that Cindy knew NOTHING of the existence of this picture until the idiot contacted them. It was only AFTER learning of the picture that she asked her daughter about it and the daughter told her it was a game they played.

As I said, to those of you who clearly read the story and the complaint and actually UNDERSTOOD what you read BEFORE you starting writing, thank you for exhibiting basic reading and writing skills that so many others clearly lacked.

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