People reports that a 26-year-old German man is being accused of trying to extort $100,000 from Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber over a photograph of their 7-year-old daughter said to have been taken by a former nanny, according to court papers filed Thursday by the FBI and the U.S. attorney’s office. L.A. TV station KTLA says the photo shows the girl, who is now 8, bound to a chair wearing shorts and a T-shirt, according to the court papers. An affidavit filed in the case reportedly states that the girl told her parents the photo was taken as part of a game of cops and robbers. Crawford and her husband said they did not know about the photograph and did not consent to it being taken.
Edis Kayalar, 26, a recent deportee to Germany, threatened to release the photo to the media if he was not paid $100,000. He has been charged with one count of extortion, which carries a prison sentence of up to two years. The nanny has not been charged.
A rep for Crawford released a statement to People: “Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford intend to pursue any and all available legal action against anyone who aids the perpetrator in the distribution or sale of the photograph of their daughter.”