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Texas Actress Involved in Crazy Sex Tape Blackmail Scandal

The 2 couples involved met at church

(Newser) - Two couples who met at a Texas church are now involved in possibly the furthest thing from a post-sermon potluck: a sex tape blackmail case. As the Houston Chronicle reports, Leslie Amanda Hippensteel, 31, and John Ousley, 32, met Saul Eisenberg, 28, and his then-fiancée, 24, at a church... More »

Teen Can Sue Facebook Over Naked Pic: UK Court

Her lawyers say site should've stopped photo from reappearing on 'shame page'

(Newser) - While Facebook refused to allow one of the world's most famous photos of a young naked girl during the Vietnam War, another girl has won the right to sue the social media site for her own nude pic, RT.com reports. A Belfast high court ruled to let the... More »

Charges: Maid Tried to Blackmail Ex-Waffle House CEO Using Sex Tape

She and her lawyers were allegedly seeking millions

(Newser) - A woman and her attorneys have been charged with secretly videotaping her having sex with a former Waffle House CEO and using the recording to try to extort millions of dollars from him, the AP reports. Mye Brindle, John Butters, and David Cohen were indicted Friday. The indictment alleges former... More »

Mich. Lawmaker Resigns After Real, Fake Affairs

Rep. Cindy Gamrat expelled an hour after Rep. Todd Courser resigned

(Newser) - At 3:12am today, Michigan state Rep. Todd Courser resigned from his seat in the legislature, though it appears he had no intention of doing so when he entered the room 14 hours earlier. The move came after two failed votes to expel Courser, 43, as well as a lengthy... More »

Teen Could Get Life Over Alleged Nude-Photo Scheme

Cops say Cesar Estrada-Davila posed as a modeling agent

(Newser) - A 19-year-old California man is facing life in prison after allegedly posing as a modeling agent to extort nude and sexually explicit photos and videos from nearly two-dozen underage girls, ABC 7 reports. According to NBC Los Angeles , Cesar Estrada-Davila befriended the girls—ages 12 to 17—on social media,... More »

Three Arrested Trying to Kidnap ... Themselves

Young Norwegians busted for blackmail

(Newser) - If only these kids watched more American TV crime procedurals, they'd know this old trick never works. Three young Norwegians—two women 18 and 21, and a man, 22—were busted trying to stage their own kidnapping and blackmail their families into giving them money for their own release,... More »

Former Ryan Intern Arrested in Nude Photo Scheme

Adam Savader alleged to have cyberstalked, extorted women

(Newser) - Adam Savader: "American patriot," "Reagan Republican," alleged sleazebag? The 21-year-old, who worked as an intern on the Romney/Ryan campaign and was a campaign staffer for Newt Gingrich, was yesterday charged with cyberstalking and blackmailing women into sending him nude photos of themselves, Politico reports. Savader allegedly... More »

Jill Kelley on Those Emails From Broadwell: 'Threats'

She speaks, for first time, to Daily Beast

(Newser) - Today's buzziest interview is with Jill Kelley , the Florida socialite who factored into the David Petraeus-Paula Broadwell scandal in a big way. She talks, for the first time, to Howard Kurtz of the Daily Beast , in a two-hour interview peppered with words like "terrified" and "blackmail."... More »

Businessman Blackmailed Berlusconi: Cops

Italian PM ready to leave his 'shitty' country

(Newser) - The “bunga bunga” fallout continues: Police nabbed an Italian businessman for allegedly blackmailing Silvio Berlusconi in the sex scandal that’s clouded his tenure as prime minister. Giampaolo Tarantini has acknowledged recruiting women for Berlusconi’s alleged sex parties, but he’s maintained that the PM didn’t know... More »

Before Gulf, BP Had Azerbaijan Spill: WikiLeaks

Cables say PM accused firm of stealing billions

(Newser) - Eighteen months before the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company experienced a similar huge leak in Azerbaijan, WikiLeaks cables reveal. The firm was tight-lipped about the incident, angering its partners, the cables note, adding that BP was fortunate in getting its 212 workers to safety, the... More »

After Sordid Trial, Louisville Coach's Blackmailer Guilty

Karen Sypher demanded millions from coach Rick Pitino, accused him of rape

(Newser) - A woman who tried to blackmail Louisville coach Rick Pitino after a brief sexual encounter was found guilty on all counts yesterday. Prosecutors during the sordid and sensational 8-day trial said former model Karen Sypher demanded millions of dollars from the married coach, falsely accused Pitino of rape after he... More »

Ex's Sister Suspected of Leaking Gibson Tapes

Natalie Grigorieva shopped recordings to tabloids

(Newser) - Authorities suspect Oksana Grigorieva's sister of leaking recordings of Mel Gibson's rants to RadarOnline.com. Natalie Grigorieva is said to have shopped the tapes to various media outlets, but Radar was the only one that agreed to pay up without hearing them first. "I suspect that if the authorities... More »

Blackmailed Bones Star: I'm a Cheater

TV star David Boreanaz owns up to affair before mistress can blow whistle

(Newser) - Staying ahead of a former mistress he believes is trying to blackmail him, Bones star David Boreanaz admits he's cheated on his wife. "Our marriage has been tainted with my infidelities," the Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer star tells People . "I was irresponsible." He says... More »

Letterman Opens Up About Cheating Scandal

Late Show host calls infidelity 'stupid behavior'

(Newser) - David Letterman is dead set on repairing his marriage after the infidelity that led to an extortion attempt last year, People reports. Appearing on Live! With Regis and Kelly, Letterman likened the events of last year to "an explosion," saying, "You're looking at the shards and you... More »

Letterman to NYPD, Prosecutors: Thank You

Robert Halderman cops plea in $2M blackmail case

(Newser) - The David Letterman blackmail case ended with a guilty plea today, and the Late Night host wasted little time thanking the prosecutors and investigators who nailed Robert Halderman. "I’d never been involved in anything like this in my life, and I was concerned and full of anxiety and... More »

Letterman Blackmailer to Plead Guilty Today

Deal for Robert Halderman includes 6 months in prison

(Newser) - Accused David Letterman blackmailer Robert Halderman will have that “accused” dropped today when he pleads guilty to extorting the late night host for $2 million. According to details of the deal obtained by the New York Post , Halderman will serve 6 months in jail and 4½ years of probation,... More »

Facebook Teen Sex Blackmailer Gets 15 Years

Wisconsin youth coerced males after getting nude photos

(Newser) - A Wisconsin teenager who used Facebook to blackmail fellow male students into sex acts has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Anthony Stancl, now 19, posed as a girl on the site and solicited nude photos from at least 31 young men. He then threatened to make them public... More »

Judge Rejects 'Tiger Defense' in Letterman Case

Case involving alleged extortion is heading to trial

(Newser) - A jury should get to decide whether a TV producer's dealings with David Letterman were attempted blackmail or just hard-nosed business, a judge ruled today. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon refused a defense request to throw out an attempted grand larceny charge against Robert "Joe" Halderman. The... More »

Facebook Teen Sex Blackmailer Found Guilty

Anthony Stancl now faces up to 30 years in jail

(Newser) - A Wisconsin teen accused of using Facebook to blackmail fellow students into performing sex acts has been found guilty of two counts of sexual assault. Prosecutors say Anthony Stancl, 19, posed as a girl on the social networking site and tricked seven boys in his high school into sending him... More »

Hey, Regular Joes, You've Got Blackmail

In tough times, many turn to extorting non-celebs

(Newser) - Whether the perpetrators are spurred by the recession or inspired by the David Letterman and Cindy Crawford cases, the ranks of aspiring blackmailers are swelling—and an increasing number of their plots are targeting ordinary private citizens. The typical non-celebrity extortion victim has a high net worth and has engaged... More »

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