Man charged in Tom Cruise extortion plot found dead - 2007-09-30

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F47.png Man charged in Tom Cruise extortion plot found dead September 30, 2007, Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times

Schmidt had long denied claims that he came by his merchandise through unscrupulous means. But earlier this year he agreed to plead guilty to attempted extortion after federal authorities said he contacted Cruise's representatives and threatened to release photos of Cruise and Holmes' wedding in Italy last year unless he was paid $1.2 million to $1.3 million.


{{cite news | first = Rene | last = Lynch | title = Man charged in Tom Cruise extortion plot found dead | url = http://articles.latimes.com/2007/sep/30/entertainment/et-cruise30 | work = Los Angeles Times | date = September 30, 2007 | accessdate = January 14, 2017 }}