Crawford Extortion Suspect Has Checkered Past

The ex-wife of the suspect wanted for allegedly trying to extort supermodel Cindy Crawford filed a restraining order against him.

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    Rande Gerber and wife model Cindy Crawford, targets of an alleged extortion plot by Edis Kayalar who had a photo of their daughter, according to the FBI.

    The ex-wife of Edis Kayalar filed a restraining order against him back in March 2008, according to court documents.

    In the documents, Kayalar's former wife alleged that he had a substance-abuse problem, abused her both physically and mentally, raped her on numerous occasions and threatened her life.

    Crawford, Husband Target of Extortion Scheme

    [LA] Crawford, Husband Target of Extortion Scheme
    Cindy Crawford and her entrepreneur husband Rande Gerber are the targets of an extortion scheme, according to court documents. (Published Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009)

    Authorities charged Kayalar Thursday in federal court with trying to extort $100,000 dollars from supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband over a controversial photo of her then-7-year-old daughter.

    Authorities recently deported Kayalar back to Germany for being in this country illegally. He has not yet been arrested on the current charges.