Gossip Columnist Extortion Plot Roils N.Y. Post
Posted on Apr 11, 2006
One of New York’s most high-profile gossip columnists has been suspended in the wake of allegations that he tried to shake down a billionaire by charging him to keep negative stories out of the press.
N.Y. Daily News:
FBI agents are still gathering evidence in the New York Post scandal, as the investigation into a Page Six reporter’s extortion of a billionaire investor accelerates, sources said yesterday.
E-mails and videotaped conversations are the key pieces of evidence of the shakedown in which longtime Page Six staffer Jared Paul Stern asked businessman Ron Burkle for $220,000 in return for a year’s “protection” against false items on the gossip page.
“We are cooperating with the ongoing investigation,” said David Fine, a former federal prosecutor who is one of Burkle’s lawyers.