Make-up artist ac­cused of R100 000 at­tempted ex­tor­tion


AN Est­court fi­nan­cial plan­ner has laid charges of at­tempted ex­tor­tion against a well-known Dur­ban make-up artist and busi­ness­woman after she al­legedly sent her a threat­en­ing email de­mand­ing R100 000.

Yugesh­nie “Geshy” Reddy has charged her for­mer friend, Shiloh Woodarajh, for­merly known as Shiloh King of the Glo brand.

Woodarajh came un­der the spot­light last year after she al­legedly duped cus­tomers with cheap make-up prod­ucts that had been re­la­belled as Glo Cos­met­ics prod­ucts.

In an email, seen by POST, a per­son pur­port­ing to be Woodarajh, de­manded the money from Reddy for a sup­posed busi­ness deal.

Reddy claimed her life was threat­ened if she did not make the pay­ment in a spec­i­fied time frame.

“Do what you have to do to save your life cos i (sic) will de­stroy you with the ev­i­dence I have. You will not only lose your job, you will lose your rep­u­ta­tion and your son will lose his mother…” the email read.

Reddy said she felt threat­ened and now lived in fear.

“I have no idea about what money is owed (and) her per­sonal busi­ness deal­ings, and had even asked her to leave me out of her per­sonal af­fairs.

“I have since had to take ex­tra safety pre­cau­tions. Due to child ab­duc­tion be­ing a ma­jor con­cern, we have even had to place a track­ing de­vice on my 6-year-old son.”

But Woodarajh de­nied the al­le­ga­tion of ex­tor­tion, and in­stead claimed she wanted what was right­fully hers.

She told POST that Reddy had al­legedly in­tro­duced her busi­ness­man friend to her as a po­ten­tial in­vestor.

“He took money from my hus­band on the pre­tence of us­ing it for le­gal pur­poses but no such work was done. After many false prom­ises and lies, he ba­si­cally ran off with the money,” she al­leged.

She added that the email was merely to re­quest her money back: “I asked her to give it to me from her own money, be­cause it was based on her word that we gave him money.”

Po­lice spokesper­son Cap­tain Nqo­bile Gwala said a case of ex­tor­tion was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Est­court po­lice.


FI­NAN­CIAL plan­ner Yugesh­nie Reddy, left, and make-up artist Shiloh Woodarajh. |

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