German Police Search Home Linked To Crawford Case
Police in Germany are reportedly closing in on the man at the centre of the CINDY CRAWFORD extortion case after raiding a home rumoured to belong to the suspect.
Edis Kayalar, an acquaintance of Crawford's former nanny, was charged with extortion on Thursday (12Nov09) after threatening to release a controversial photo of the star's young daughter to the media. The image reportedly shows the girl, then seven years old, bound to a chair in revealing clothing.
Crawford's husband Rande Gerber paid Kayalar $1,000 (£625) to keep the snap from leaking to the press, but the suspect tried to bribe the couple again, threatening to sell the picture to the media for $500,000 (£312,500) before he was deported to his native Germany in September (09).
His demands continued until earlier this month (Nov09), when he demanded $100,000 (£62,500) to keep the photo private - prompting Crawford and Gerber to call in the FBI.
An international manhunt was launched to find Kayalar, 26, and cops in Germany have subsequently tracked him down to Stuttgart.
They searched an apartment in the city on Saturday (14Nov09) and confiscated several items of interest, although no one was arrested. Police have so far refused to confirm whether the home belonged to Kayalar and it is unknown whether he was present during the raid.
Crawford's representatives claim the photo in question was taken by the kid's nanny during a game of cops and robbers, without the supermodel's knowledge.