Daily Dish: Cindy Crawford Blackmailed Over Photo of Her Daughter
The former family nanny’s ex demanded money to prevent the sale of a photo of the child tied up in a chair.
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
David Letterman isn’t the only celeb with an extortionist. Former supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber were the victims of an extortion plot related to their daughter, Kaia.
The alleged extortionist, Edis Kayalar, approached Cindy and Rande claiming he had a photograph of Kaia “in revealing clothing, bound to a chair and gagged.” Kaia was 7 years old when the photo was taken.
The picture came from a former family nanny, who Kayalar dated. The nanny claims she took the picture while the kids were playing “cops and robbers,” then showed it to Kayalar and bragged about its value. Kayalar returned the photo to Rande and Cindy, who gave him a $1,000 reward.
He then threatened to sell a copy of the image to a tabloid, but Rande and Cindy reported him to police. As it turns out, Kayalar was an illegal immigrant from Germany, so he was sent back to his native country. He contacted Cindy and Rande again last week and asked for $100,000 to prevent the sale of the photo. Authorities have been alerted, but Kayalar is on the run. (New York Daily News)