The supermodel and her husband Rande Gerber have been targeted for extortion by a German male model who allegedly demanded $100,000 in exchange for a photo taken of the couple's eight-year-old daughter Kaia, which showed her bound and gagged, the Daily Mail reports.
Kaia's nanny claims she took the photo as a "prank" during a game of "cops and robbers," according to the paper.
Officials reportedly believe that the nanny's former friend, male model Edis Kayalar, who has been deported to Germany and charged with one count of extortion, took the photo from her home, and contacted Crawford and Gerber as early as July demanding money in exchange for the photo, the source says.
The 26-year-old male model allegedly threatened to release the photo to the media if he was not paid.
Gerber, a prominent nightlife entrepreneur, initially met with Kayalar and paid him $1,000 in exchange for the photo and a "prank" note written by the nanny that read, "The babysitter went crazy and tied everyone up and they need your help! Please.," explains the Daily Mail.
But Kayalar is accused of supposedly contacting the family again on Nov. 1, saying that he wanted more money for another copy of the photo in his possession. The couple then took the matter to the US District Attorney's office, which is working on having Kayalar extradited to the U.S., sources say.
At this time, the nanny has not been charged, according to the Daily Mail, though it has not been reported whether or not she is still employed by the couple, who also have a 10-year-old son, Presley.
Let this be a lesson, would-be crooks: Do not mess with a supermodel!
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