Tom Cruise wedding picture extortionist escapes jail sentence
A computer repairer who had tried to extort over £1m dollars from Tom Cruise for stolen wedding pictures has been sentenced to two years probation and fined $3000. A photographer had entrusted Marc Gittleman with the repair of his computer but when Gittleman discovered over 7,000 pictures of Cruise’s 2006 wedding to Katie Holmes on its hard drive he decided it was a good idea to copy and use them to blackmail Cruise.
He enlisted the help of a serial celebrity picture peddler (who has since committed suicide) and tried to get Cruise to hand over $1.3m. Having shown suitable contrition for his shame, the judge at the District Court in Los Angeles took pity on him and agreed with lawyers from both parties that it was not necessary to send him to jail.