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AMI Lawyer Says Bezos Threat 'Wasn't a Crime'

He says Amazon CEO knows who source was

(Newser) - The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid's parent company said Sunday. Elkan Abramowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. chief executive David Pecker, said on Sunday a "reliable... More »

Bezos' Blackmail Claims Get a Response From AMI

And more on the Amazon founder's allegations of blackmail

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos was made an offer he couldn't refuse and refused it, very publicly, on Thursday, by way of a Medium blog post that outlined National Enquirer parent company American Media Inc.'s (AMI) alleged attempt to blackmail him with sexual photos. AMI responded Friday morning with a... More »

Ronan Farrow Says AMI Tried to Blackmail Him

Jeff Bezos wasn't the only one, he says

(Newser) - Hours after Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer's parent company of blackmail , Ronan Farrow said American Media Inc. had done the same thing to him and at least one other journalist. Farrow tweeted Thursday night that after breaking stories on the Enquirer's "catch and kill" arrangement with... More »

'A Sinking Feeling': Men Get Letters About Their 'Secrets'

The FBI says it's a new breed of scam

(Newser) - "I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else," the letter read. "More importantly, I have evidence of what you've been hiding." Jeff Strohl, resident of a wealthy Washington suburb, admits he wasn't too thrilled to read the July... More »

HBO Hackers Demand Millions in Ransom

Data dump so far has included 'Game of Thrones' script

(Newser) - A group of hackers posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday and demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom from the network. HBO, which had previously acknowledged the theft of "proprietary information," says it's continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts. In a... More »

CNN Responds to 'Blackmail' Criticism

Network says criticism over wrestling video story is off-base

(Newser) - CNN scored a news scoop when it tracked down and interviewed the maker of the gone-viral wrestling video featuring President Trump. The network didn't identify the Reddit user behind the video but reserved the right to do so with language that critics say amounted to blackmail. All of which... More »

CNN Threatens to Unmask Creator of Trump Video

He says he's very sorry

(Newser) - The Reddit user who was overjoyed when President Trump tweeted his video of Trump body-slamming a man with the CNN logo over his face changed his tune when CNN caught up with him. CNN says user HanA**holeSolo posted an extensive apology on Reddit after the network discovered his identity and... More »

Report: Kushner Demanded Apology to Trump to Kill Tabloid Story

More details in Trump's alleged attempt to blackmail 'Morning Joe' hosts

(Newser) - More details about President Trump's alleged attempt to blackmail the hosts of Morning Joe are leaking out, including the reported involvement of his son-in-law. New York reports Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski found out in March the National Enquirer was planning to run a story about their affair, which... More »

Nude Photos Leaked After Plastic Surgery Clinics Hacked

Hackers tried to blackmail clients

(Newser) - Police in Lithuania say personal data and more than 25,000 private photos—including nude pictures—were made public Tuesday following the hacking of a chain of plastic surgery clinics. Police said a hacking group called Tsar Team broke into the servers of Grozio Chirurgija clinics earlier this year and... More »

White House Was Warned Flynn Could Be Blackmailed

Moscow lawmakers blame 'Russophobia' for resignation

(Newser) - Michael Flynn stepped down Monday night after just 24 days as President Trump's national security adviser—and it's surprising he lasted that long, sources tell the Washington Post . The sources say officials, including former acting attorney general Sally Yates, notified the Trump team late last month that Flynn... More »

Trump Slams Russia Blackmail Claims as 'Fake News'

He says explosive allegations are a 'witch hunt'

(Newser) - After bombshell allegations about a Russian dossier , Donald Trump appears ready to step up his war with the media. "FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!" he tweeted Tuesday night after news that Russian agents allegedly hold compromising information on him spread. He later tweeted a link... More »

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 »

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