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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.

    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.