Undercover New York cops arrested two men who were trying to extort money from singer Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony in exchange for their stolen wedding video. They had even dropped the asking price from $1 million to a discounted $150,000.
The New York Post is reporting that the two men were arrested on Tuesday after weeks of negotiations. They had stolen Marc's 2005 Cadillac which contained his laptop computer on October 30th in New Jersey. The car was found on November 11 but the laptop remained missing...until Access Hollywood received a call from a man calling himself "Mr. Moses" and offering to sell the private video of the diva's June 2004 marriage ceremony.
Producers of the TV show -- as well as print publications and other entertainment shows -- turned down the wedding video (it's not a sex video), so the hapless crooks next contacted Marc's production company with a ransom demand for it. That's when the cops were called in.
Turns out, the guy was using his real name, Tito Moses, and he's already done 15 years in prison for murder. He and his accomplice, Steven Wortman, a retired postal employee, had dropped the price to
$200,000 $150,000 when they were arrested in the sting. Assistant DA Jordan Arnold told reporters that the men "essentially held the tape for ransom" and "threatened to destroy" it unless their financial demands were met.
A mouthpiece for Jennifer/Marc said the couple were thrilled to have their video back.