Film & TV

Someone Tried to Extort Harvey Weinstein for $13M

Film & TV

Someone Tried to Extort Harvey Weinstein for $13M

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There are plenty of ways for an actor to get considered for a movie role. There are plenty of ways for him to not get considered, like threatening to kill the producer in charge. Today’s lesson of Do’s and Don’ts comes from West Hollywood, where actor Vivek Shah was arrested on charges of threatening to kill the families of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and four other masters of the universe, among which included a Groupon co-founder and an oil heiress. (When you aim to extort, aim for the stars.) Shah was asking for $13 million, which is a lot. The Smoking Gun first reported the story by securing an affidavit in which Weinstein was only described as a “Connecticut resident and co-founder of a film studio” but Deadline’s Nikki Finke got an “insider” to share some details regarding his experience. “Harvey got his letter in July and the FBI had him on surveillance and nailed him in August,” the insider said. “Harvey didn’t even know the guy was arrested. The FBI only tells you certain stuff.” Shah faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if he’s convicted.