Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber Speak Out on Extortion Attempt

Celebrity News Nov. 12, 2009 AT 8:43PM
Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber Speak Out on Extortion Attempt Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber are the latest celebrities to be ensnared in an extortion drama involving a bizarre photo of their eight year-old daughter, Kaia.

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TMZ reported that an odd photo of Kaia (taken when she was seven) was stolen from a former nanny by an acquaintance named Edis Kayalar. The photo depicts her "bound to a chair and gagged," TMZ notes, as part of the nanny's "cops and robbers game." (The parents were unaware of this "game.") Kayalar subsequently threatened to sell the photo, thus beginning a blackmailing plot.

A rep for the couple has released the following statement to Usmagazine.com:

A criminal complaint was filed today in federal court in Los Angeles by the U.S. Attorney's office and the FBI stating that Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford have been the victims of an on-going extortion scheme. This crime has been committed by Edis Kayalar, an acquaintance of a former nanny employed by the family. Mr. Kayalar threatened to sell an image taken of the couple's then-seven-year-old daughter. There was no previous awareness by Mr. Gerber and Ms. Crawford of the existence of the photograph when they were contacted by Mr. Kayalar. The photo was taken by the former nanny as part of a purported game without the knowledge of the parents. The couple reported the extortion threat to the police and the FBI began a criminal investigation in the matter. 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.

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