(In the above photo Cindy was snapped with Presley, 10, and Kaia, 8, earlier this month)
Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber are the latest celebrities to be caught up in an extortion drama involving a bizarre photo of their eight year-old daughter, Kaia.
TMZ reported that a very strange photo of Kaia (taken when she was seven) was stolen from a former nanny by an acquaintance named Edis Kayalar. The photo depicts her “bound to a chair and gagged,” TMZ noted, as part of the nanny’s “cops and robbers game.” (The parents were unaware of this “game.”) Edis Kayalar subsequently threatened to sell the photo, thus beginning a blackmailing plot.
A rep for Cindy an Rande released the following statement:
A criminal complaint was filed today in federal court in Los Angeles by the U.S. Attorney’s office and the FBI stating that Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford have been the victims of an on-going extortion scheme. This crime has been committed by Edis Kayalar, an acquaintance of a former nanny employed by the family. Mr. Kayalar threatened to sell an image taken of the couple’s then-seven-year-old daughter. There was no previous awareness by Mr. Gerber and Ms. Crawford of the existence of the photograph when they were contacted by Mr. Kayalar. The photo was taken by the former nanny as part of a purported game without the knowledge of the parents. The couple reported the extortion threat to the police and the FBI began a criminal investigation in the matter. 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.
So strange! That sounds like a very strange game for nanny to be introducing a little girl to…ugh! And don’t celebrities have nanny-cams all over the house!?