Elle McPherson spoke of a blackmail attempt on the Internet last week after charging two men with extortion. Supermodel McPherson said that on 12 June there was a burglary at her Los Angeles home in which $100,000 (#62,500) worth of jewellery and some cash were stolen. Also taken were some photographs of the Australian model.
"There were some nude or partially nude photographs," she said, "which I took myself using a self timer." After the burglary McPherson was contacted by phone and Email and the criminals threatened to release the nude pictures onto the Internet if she did not pay $60,000.
Michael Mischler, 29, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of burglary and six extortion counts. William Holt, 26, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of extortion.
Both men were due to appear at a preliminary hearing on 29 July. Mischler's lawyer has said he will use an insanity defence, arguing that any man would "go crazy" being spurned by one of the world's most beautiful women.
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