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    >> okay.

    >>> now to an alleged extortion plot targeting supermodel cindy crawford and her family. beverly white of knbc, our nbc station in los angeles , has details.

    >> reporter: as one of the world's most photographed women, former supermodel cindy crawford is accustomed to being the center of attention, but today, after an extortion attempt allegedly staged by an acquaintance to their former nanny, crawford and her entrepreneur husband randy gerber are in close contact with federal and international law enforcement. extortion charges and an arrest warrant just filed in u.s. district court against a man named edis kayalar , who according to the affidavit, sought $100,000 from crawford and gerber in exchange for not releasing a photo of they are 7-year-old daughter to the tabloids. according to the affidavit, it depicts the unnamed child wearing shorts and a t-shirt and bound and gagged . the former nanny admits the photo was taken as a prank and apologized. last july kayalar first contacted crawford and gerber about the photo, claiming he took it from the nanny while she was sleeping. the l.a. sheriff's department was contacted. kayalar gave gerber a copy of the photo and gerber gave him $1,000. kayalar was found to be in the country illy and was deported in january. from there, the extortion attempts continued via phone calls and e-mails, kayalar claiming to still have the photo and in need of a lot more money, preferably euros. the e-mails were traced to germany. their spokes says " randy gerber and cindy crawford intend to pursue any and all available legal action against anyone who aids the perpetrator in the distinction or sale of the photograph of their daughter."

    >>> and still ahead, a woman

updated 11/12/2009 5:43:17 PM ET 2009-11-12T22:43:17

A German man was charged Thursday with trying to extort $100,000 from former supermodel Cindy Crawford and her entrepreneur husband Rande Gerber over a photo of their daughter bound to a chair and gagged, authorities said.

Edis Kayalar, 26, has not yet been arrested. He was recently deported to Germany and believed to be in Stuttgart, authorities said.

He was charged with one count of extortion. If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison. It was not clear if he has an attorney in the U.S.

The photo was purportedly taken by the couple's former nanny and shows the girl, then 7, bound to a chair wearing shorts and a T-shirt.

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The daughter told her parents, who were unaware of the photo, that the nanny took the picture as part of a "cops and robbers" game, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

The nanny, whose name wasn't released, has not been charged.

Kayalar allegedly took the photo from the nanny and repeatedly sought to get money from Crawford and Gerber, court documents said.

Kayalar threatened to sell or release the photo to the media if his demands weren't met, the affidavit said.

Crawford's spokeswoman Annett Wolf issued a statement saying, "Rande Gerber and Cindy Crawford intend to pursue any and all available legal action against anyone who aids the perpetrator in the distribution or sale of the photograph of their daughter."

Crawford, who divorced actor Richard Gere in 1995, married Gerber in 1998. They have two children.

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