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10 Insane Stories Of Celebrities Being Blackmailed

People with a lot of money and a reputation to maintain are the perfect target for blackmail and extortion. Celebrities are always in the spotlight and their image is vital to their career, so therefo

People with a lot of money and a reputation to maintain are the perfect target for blackmail and extortion. Celebrities are always in the spotlight and their image is vital to their career, so therefore they make the perfect blackmail victim. There are a lot of people out there who will take advantage of someone's trust for their own benefit, and although celebrities have a lot of security in place to protect themselves, that isn't always enough.

Blackmail is defined as "an act, often a crime, involving unjustified threats to make a gain or cause loss to another unless a demand is met. Essentially, it is coercion involving threats of physical harm, threat of criminal prosecution, or threats for the purposes of taking the person's money or property." It's something we see a lot on dramatic TV shows and movies, but it happens in real life too, and it often forces the truth into the open in order to take the power away from the blackmailer. Celebrities are even more vulnerable to blackmail because they want to keep their secrets out of the public eye for the sake of their careers.

10 David Boreanaz

9 Bill Cosby

8 Joe Francis

7 Oprah Winfrey

6 John Stamos

5 Cindy Crawford

4 David Letterman

via rollingstone.com

3 John Travolta

2 Yoko Ono

1 Cameron Diaz

Photographer John Rutter threatened to release topless photos of Cameron Diaz that were taken when she was 21 years old and working as a model. He allegedly forged Diaz's signature on a release form that would allow him to use the photos how he chose. He held onto the pictures and waited until Diaz became a household name to make his move. According to him, he was offering Diaz the chance to buy the photos before he attempted to sell them to anyone else. But the court didn't see it that way. Rutter was found guilty of attempted grand theft, forgery, and perjury and faced up to 6 years in prison.

 

Sources: BusinessInsider.com, People.com, NYTimes.com

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