Blackmail

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Blackmail

A crime in which one threatens to reveal damaging information about another unless the former is paid some amount of money or is given something of value. For example, one may threaten to reveal information about an extramarital affair or evidence that the other person committed a crime unless one is paid $100,000. Legally, blackmail is a form of extortion.
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A police lieutenant said the woman sent them an email complaint alleging that the accused had blackmailed her, threatening to tarnish her reputation, and forced her to send him money.
One defence lawyer suggested that Malekides had lied in his statement to the police, in which he said that he "never blackmailed any contractors", but instead was being "threatened, directly or indirectly, by [contractor] Loizos Iordanous" that he would go to jail if he did not cave.
During the communication on the Internet, the attacker has allegedly blackmailed the woman for her "lifestyle that he didn't like.
Answering another person who asked why she was "acknowledging this scumbag," she said: "To make a point that I will never be blackmailed.
A COVENTRY University student will face a retrial over claims that he blackmailed the daughter of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
He added that if a woman is blackmailed because she was involved in an illicit relationship but confesses she is not punished because confession is the first step towards redemption.
Seven animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences to close down the animal testing lab were yesterday jailed for between four and 11 years.
Experts at Sophos have welcomed news reports that authorities in Russia have jailed a gang who blackmailed online companies through distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
This is not the first time that the Bush administration has blackmailed Serbia into cooperating with the UN's "justice" system.
A 39-year-old former employee of Tokyo Sowa Bank, which was declared insolvent in June 1999, has been arrested on a charge of embezzling customers' deposits after being blackmailed, police sources said Wednesday, adding that his two suspected blackmailers were also arrested.
The last time states were blackmailed by the feds, Ronald Reagan was president.
If the respondents are rich and vulnerable enough, they are blackmailed.