“Sultan of Sleaze” Arrested for Trying to Extort Money from Tom Cruise

July 27th, 2007 // 7 Comments

Blackmailer to the stars, David Hans Schmidt, also widely known as the “Sultan of Sleaze,” has been arrested this week in regards to the role he played during an alleged attempt at extorting Tom Cruise. Schmidt is reported to have contacted Cruise, offering him the opportunity to purchase private photos of his wedding to Katie Holmes, which were originally stolen from the actor, hoping to earn over one million dollars for the pictures. The Smoking Gun reports:

Schmidt was arraigned yesterday on the felony charge and bond was set at $100,000. In an e-mail, Thom Mrozek, a U.S. Attorney’s spokesman, said that Schmidt was arrested pursuant to a criminal complaint that remains sealed, “so I cannot comment about the case.”

What an idiot. I mean, I get the attempt to blackmail celebs with threatening to make their sex-tapes public because clearly, there is a possibility that they’d want to pay the money to keep it secret. But, to try and do the same thing with wedding pictures is just stupid. Was Schmidt going to threaten to publish the pictures? Big deal. It’s a wedding. Granted, it is a space wedding from Mars, but at the end of the day, I get the feeling this guy’s not dealing with a full deck.

By Lisa Timmons
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  1. matt fawlks

    are you retarded? this wreaks of scientology. they planted evidence in order to bust schmidt. he’s not stupid. he wouldn’t extort for G-rated photos; that’s never been his M.O. he’s actually very smart, he just fell into a trap.

    duh.

  2. stolidog

    where are tomkat at, L. Ron’s underground tomb/vault? They must have dug a whole for katie to stand in, cause tom is actually taller than her in that picture.

  3. Where the heck was that picture taken?

  4. Spiff

    There’s NO WAY they were just wedding photos…something more enticing for sure. Why would Tom care if he released wedding photos?

  5. Spiff

    There’s NO WAY they were just wedding photos…something more enticing for sure. Why would Tom care if he released wedding photos?

  6. silly

    exactly my thought SPIFF, if they are harmless wedding pics why would he be so bothered to involve undercover fbi, definitely he’s got a skeleton in his cupboard besides a professional BLACKMAILER don’t use ordinary pics to get money if there’s nothing to it,this makes me believe there’s more to that pic that makes him desperate also knowing TC to be the media whore he is he will be happy to have his pics pulished

  7. Joxe Arkaitz

    Tom should have sued much more people over the last years!

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