Pictures of a 73-year-old woman in her pajamas, and recordings of her expressing unpopular opinions hardly seem like material that would garner a large sum of blackmail money; especially when the woman is Yoko Ono.
Her driver, however, thought he could get two million dollars from her by threatening to reveal such to the world.
Since when is Yoko in pajamas news? Didn't we suffer a week of her in Bed with her husband to promote world peace? (God bless them for that!) Haven't we seen her nude on the Two Virgins record cover?
Haven't we heard her express unpopular opinions about war, peace, world politics, economic policy and societal mores?
What idiot thinks he can use her pajamas and strong opinions as extortion?
No other woman in America, in the world, is as reviled as Ono, and for no good reason. Yoko did not break-up The Beatles, she was not a bad wife to her husband (anymore than John Lennon was a bad husband to his wife). She is a successful businesswoman who, if she was not the widow of a former Beatle, would be lauded as one of the most brilliant businesspeople in the world.
She has raised a family and lost a husband and managed his legacy in the public eye, and done it with grace and style.
I am a fan.
In 2005, she was criticized for a fashion spread she did in New York magazine. I am no fan of the magazine, but I bought it and loved the pix. The magazine's website still shows three of the pictures here.
Check it out. She is wonderful!
But first think of this and chuckle under your breath: "An employee thought he could blackmail her because of what she wore and what she said!"
Don't chuckle, let's laugh aloud: Bwaaaaaaaaaahhhhh-ha-ha-ha-ha!
Yoko Ono's driver arrested on extortion charges
Thu Dec 14, 2:46 PM ET
NEW YORK (AFP) - Yoko Ono's driver has been arrested and charged with extorting money from the widow of Beatle John Lennon, police and Ono's spokesman said.
Koral Karsan, 50, had worked for Ono for 10 years and was arrested in a raid Wednesday and charged with attempted grand larceny in the first degree, a police spokesman said, describing the alleged crime as extortion.
Local reports alleged that Karsan had made secret video recordings and photographs of Ono and threatened to release the material, described as compromising, unless she paid him two million dollars.
He allegedly also threatened to kill Ono, 73, for refusing to pay up.
Police said they were still investigating the allegations.
Ono's spokesman Elliot Mintz said the Japanese-born artist and musician felt "shocked and betrayed" by Karsan and said allegations from the chauffeur that Ono had sexually harassed him were pure invention.
"That is absolutely false. There was no such lawsuit filed and there was no such conduct that went on. This was simply the man who starts off by being the chauffeur and the man who now finds himself accused of larceny and extortion."
He did not comment on whether Karsan had threatened to reveal compromising material involving Ono.
The New York Times quoted unnamed police sources as saying the material included photographs of Ono in pyjamas and a recording of her expressing personal opinions about unspecified people and events.
Karsan faces up to 25 years in jail if convicted.
Let's hope he serves the full twenty-five years.