Crawford's attempted blackmailer surrenders

AP News
Posted: Nov 17, 2009 12:41 PM

The 26-year-old man charged with trying to extort $100,000 (euro67,258) from former supermodel Cindy Crawford has surrendered, German prosecutors said Tuesday.

Edis Kayalar walked into a police station late Monday to give himself up, according to prosecutors in Stuttgart. He has been charged in Los Angeles with one count of extortion. If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison.

A U.S. attorney's spokesman said the U.S. has not formally requested Kayalar's extradition and he did not know when that would occur.

Kayalar allegedly threatened to release a photo of Crawford's daughter gagged and tied to a chair when she was 7 years old. According to court papers, the girl says a former nanny took the picture as part of a "cops and robbers" game.

Kayalar will appear before a judge later Tuesday who will rule on whether he should remain in detention.