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Thursday
Aug232012

Murder Threat Against Movie Mogul and Others Uncovered

JB Lacroix/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Federal authorities say an aspiring actor has been arrested for trying to extort millions of dollars from movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and four other tycoons and their families by threatening to kill them if his demands for money were not met, the New York Post reports.

According to court papers, Vivek Shah, 25, was arrested Aug. 10 at his parents’ home in Schaumburg, Ill., before he was about to return to Los Angeles with plans to take handgun shooting lessons.

Authorities say Shah sent extortion letters to Weinstein, a Florida oil executive, a billionaire coal magnate, the daughter of a Texas oilman, and Eric Lefkofsky, the co-founder of Groupon.

Shah is currently being held without bail in West Virginia, where one of his alleged targets maintains a home.  Shah’s father, Mahesh Shah, tells the Post the allegations are “out of character,” and says his son is a “very good person.”

Vivek Shah is charged with two counts of interference with commerce by threats, and two counts of transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.

Weinstein co-founded Miramax Films and won an Academy Award as a producer in 1999 for Shakespeare in Love.  His producing credits include more than 250 TV and film projects, including Pulp Fiction and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Weinstein, the father of four daughters, declined to comment on the alleged extortion plot.

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Wednesday
Aug242011

Police Investigating Threatening Letter Sent to Craig Ferguson

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles police are investigating a threatening letter sent to CBS late-night host Craig Ferguson's studio.

According to E! News, two people at the CBS complex in L.A. where Ferguson's Late Late Show is taped were briefly quarantined Tuesday afternoon after they were exposed to what turned out to be a harmless powder inside the envelope.

Police believe the letter, which included threats against Ferguson, may have been sent from Europe.  Ferguson, who's Scottish by birth but a naturalized American citizen, recently taped episodes of his show in Paris.

Ferguson tweeted Tuesday, "Ack! Someone mailed my show white powder & claimed it was anthrax. I'm not a big fan of that sort of thing."

A death threat against Ferguson's fellow CBS late-night host David Letterman, whose production company produces Ferguson's show, was recently posted on a jihadist website.

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