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Former 'Sex Rehab' Star

I Didn't EXTORT Anyone!!!

11/23/2011 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The former "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew" star who's accused of attempting to extort a mystery victim in a threatening letter appeared in an L.A. courtroom today and pled not guilty to the crime ... TMZ has learned. 

TMZ broke the story ... Duncan Roy -- who directed the 2002 indy hit "AKA" -- was arrested last week for felony attempted extortion.

It's still unclear who Roy allegedly tried to extort -- and what he allegedly demanded.

Today, Roy's lawyer argued that as a movie maker with two projects in the works, Roy should be granted bail so that his employees can keep working.  The judge obliged -- and set Roy's bail at $35,000 ... though Roy has yet to be released.

Roy is due back in court December 2nd.

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