NFL Star Faces Long Odds in Extortion Suit Against Lawyer
By Samson Habte
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. faces long odds in a new lawsuit that accuses a self-described “Hollywood nightlife promoter” and his attorney of extortion, practitioners tell Bloomberg Law.
The lawsuit, filed in California state court July 27, says the defendants tried to extract a $1 million settlement from Beckham by threatening to expose his alleged trysts with prostitutes.
That salacious claim has generated extensive tabloid coverage. But the case also tests the murky boundaries California courts have sketched for deciding when a lawyer goes too far in a letter demanding the payment of a settlement to a client. Demand letters often give rise to extortion claims—particularly in Hollywood, where lawsuits against celebrities often involve implicit (or explicit) threats to publicize embarrassing facts that would injure the celebrity’s public image.
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