Blackmail not new hazard for celebrities
Here are some other big names who’ve been blackmailed:
Bill cosby: In 1997, Autumn Jackson attempted to extort $40 million from the comedian, alleging Cosby may have fathered Jackson during an affair. Jackson was convicted of extortion and sentenced to 26 months in prison.
cameron Diaz: In 2005, photographer John Rutter threatened to release racy topless photos he’d taken of the actress in 1992 unless she paid him $3.5 million. A California judge convicted Rutter and sentenced him to three years and eight months in prison.
Yoko ono: In 2006, chauffeur Koral Karsan was sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to attempted grand larceny following a demand for $2 million not to release embarrassing photos of Ono.
David letterman: In 2006, former CBS news producer Robert Halderman demanded $2 million from the former late-night host to keep quiet about affairs Letterman had with female staffers on his show, including Halderman’s girlfriend. Letterman acknowledged the affairs and apologized on air while Halderman was convicted and spent four months in jail.
John Travolta: In 2009, following the sudden death of his son Jett in the Bahamas, a paramedic and an ex-senator demanded $25 million not to release personal info about the actor’s role in the event. The charges were dismissed a year later at Travolta’s request.
John Stamos: In 2010, Michigan couple Allison Coss and Scott Sippola tried to squeeze the TV actor for $680,000 after claiming to have photos of Stamos using illegal drugs and cavorting with prostitutes. They were each sentenced to four years in prison.