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German man charged in Cindy Crawford blackmail plot

A German man has tried to blackmail former supermodel Cindy Crawford out of €67,000 with a picture of Crawford’s 7-year-old daughter gagged and bound to a chair, US media reported on Friday.

German man charged in Cindy Crawford blackmail plot
Crawford with her husband Rande Gerber. Photo: DPA

Celebrity gossip website TMZ reported that Edis Kayalar, the 26-year-old friend of the former nanny for Crawford’s daughter, threatened to release the picture to the media unless he was paid $100,000.

The picture was taken during a game of “cops and robbers” without the knowledge of Crawford, 43, her agent said in a statement.

Documents filed in a federal court state that the nanny took the pictures as a “prank” and that Kayalar, a male model, then stole them from her.

Crawford’s husband Rande Gerber paid Kayalar $1,000 (€670) for what he believed was the original photo, the documents stated. But Kayalar contacted him several days later demanding more money, at which point the couple went to the police, who passed the case on to the FBI.

Kayalar was deported from the United States to Germany in September for immigration violation, the media reports stated. People magazine reported he was now in Stuttgart.

On November 1, Kayalar then contacted the couple again, demanding $100,000 and claiming he “had no choice now but to extort the victims for money because they had gotten him deported.”

Kayalar now faces up to two years’ jail, though the nanny, who was not named, had not been charged, People magazine reported.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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