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New York Post Gossip Columnist Accused of Shaking Down Billionaire

Reported by Marie Therese - April 7, 2006

In a law enforcement sting operation, Jared Paul Stern, editor of the New York Post's Page Six Magazine, was arrested for attempting to extort $220,000 from billionaire Ron Burkle, managing partner of Yucaipa Companies, a "conglomerate with interested in supermarkets, celebrity clothing lines and media." (N. Y. Daily News, 4-7-06) In return for the money Stern allegedly promised to "protect" Mr. Burkle for a year against "inaccurate and unflattering items about him in the gossip page." You can read more about it here. The New York Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

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