A court has heard how British socialite Tamara Ecclestone was allegedly blackmailed for $320,000 (?200,000) by two men threatening to go public about her secret romance.
This offence involves a blackmail made by email to Tamara Ecclestone's agent to the sum of ?200,000
Derek Rose, 32, and Jakir Uddin, 19, allegedly warned the TV star's agent Dana Malmstrom they would go to the press with a story about Ecclestone's relationship unless they received the six-figure sum.
The daughter of billionaire Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone turned to cops in December (11) after her would-be extortionists sent an email demanding the money.
The men were arrested on 5 April (12) and bailed at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London with a condition that they do not contact either Tamara or Malmstrom.
Prosecutor Tony Connell told the court, "This offence involves a blackmail made by email to Tamara Ecclestone's agent to the sum of ?200,000".
Rose and Uddin are each charged with a single count of blackmail and will appear at Southwark Crown Court on 19 June (12).