Investigation Opened in Cindy Crawford Extortion Probe

Monday, Nov 16, 2009  |  Updated 11:15 AM PDT
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Investigation Opened in Cindy Crawford Extortion Probe

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 09: Model Cindy Crafword (R) and daughter attend the Cindy Carwford & Rende Berger host the John Varvatos 6th Annual Stuart House Benefit presented by Converse March 9, 2008 West Hollywood California (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)

Prosecutors say they are opening an investigation against a German man suspected of trying to extort money from former supermodel Cindy Crawford and her family in the United States.

Claudia Krauth, a spokeswoman for the Stuttgart prosecutor's office, said Monday investigators are trying to determine if there is enough evidence to arrest Edis Kayalar, who is currently vacationing in Turkey.

The 26-year-old has been charged in the U.S. with trying to extort $100,000 (euro67,258) from Crawford and her entrepreneur husband Rande Gerber by threatening to release a photo of their daughter bound to a chair and gagged when she was 7.

According to court papers, the girl says a former nanny took the picture as part of a "cops and robbers" game, and Kayalar obtained it. Kayalar was deported from the U.S. three months ago for an immigration violation.

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