Cindy Crawford, husband targeted in extortion plot
Former supermodel Cindy Crawford and husband Rande Gerber were victims of a $100,000 extortion scheme centering on a bondage-style photo of their 7-year-old daughter, People reports. The photo was taken by the kid's nanny, which certainly qualifies as cause for termination.
The pic shows the child "in revealing clothing, bound to a chair and gagged," according to court papers filed Thursday in U.S. District Court by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office. The kid says the nanny took the photo as part of a "cops and robbers" game.
An acquaintance of the nanny, male model Edis "Eddie" Kayalar, threatened to sell the photo. The 26-year-old hasn't been arrested, though: he's since been deported to Germany and is believed to be in Stuttgart. He's been charged with one count of extortion. The nanny has not been charged.
"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," Crawford rep Annett Wolf said in a statement.