Edis Kayalar turns himself in after being accused of a $100,000 extortion attempt

By Michael Y. Park
Updated November 17, 2009 12:15 PM
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The former male model whom police allege tried to blackmail Cindy Crawford of $100,000 has turned himself in to police in his native Germany.

According to authorities, Edis “Eddie” Kayalar, 26, obtained a photograph of Crawford and husband Rande Gerber’s then-7-year-old daughter tied to a chair in revealing clothing, taken by her nanny during a game of cops and robbers. Kayalar then allegedly tried to parlay the photo into a payout from the celebrity couple – lest he give the photo to the media. He was charged last week with one count of extortion despite having already been deported to Germany, where he allegedly continued to try blackmailing the couple.

On Monday, Kalayar went to a Stuttgart police station and surrendered himself, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“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,” a statement from the couple’s representative said.

Crawford, 43, and Gerber, 47, have been married since 1998. Besides their daughter, who is now 8, they also have a son, 10.