Male showbiz star wins High Court injunction silencing claims he committed 'serious criminal offence' against woman

A well-known male celebrity has won a High Court order after he was blackmailed by somebody who claimed that he committed a “very serious criminal offence” against a woman, it has been reported.

The blackmailer allegedly demanded £50,000 to keep quiet and claims to be from a “highly discreet organisation” who received information that the man, who is known as LJY to protect his identity, committed an offence against a woman a few years ago.

No further details on the offence were given, but they warned that the story was convincing and “would be similarly convincing to authorities or the press”.

The man is a well-known star, picture posed by model. Copyright: [Rex]
The man is a well-known star, picture posed by model. Copyright: [Rex]

The anonymous star was given four days to make the payment and was even offered a discount if he settled quickly, however, they threatened that if LJY did not pay then the story would be released to news agencies.

The Mirror report that the letter that LJY received read: “In the current political and social environment we feel sure you will understand that this will have lasting damage to your career, your reputation and your personal life.

“This would in turn almost certainly hurt you more than the modest financial settlement we are seeking.”

The letter referenced society’s current crackdown on alleged sexual predators, such as as disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Copyright: [Rex]
The letter referenced society’s current crackdown on alleged sexual predators, such as as disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Copyright: [Rex]

Police believe that the letter is a scam that was sent to multiple victims, with LJY being the first high-profile target.

LJY said that he has been left “angry and distressed that someone could do this to me”, adding that he has “never been responsible” for the alleged offence.

The judge granted the celebrity’s injunction on the basis of harassment, misuse of private information and defamation.

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