Mass. man charged with trying to extort celebrityAP , Associated Press
Apr. 3, 2013 12:29 PM ET
BOSTON (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a Lowell man with trying to extort $20,000 from a Boston-based celebrity.
Felix Paulino made his initial appearance Tuesday in federal court and was held pending a detention hearing on Friday.
According to court documents, Paulino was at a Boston nightclub in October and captured video of the married celebrity talking to several young women and attempting to get them to his room.
The celebrity was not named in court papers, but was referred to as John Doe, a "well-known Boston personality."
Authorities say Paulino contacted the celebrity's agent and demanded the money, threatening to sell the three-minute video to celebrity website TMZ.
The agent contacted the FBI.
WBZ-TV (http://cbsloc.al/10uXLU9 ) reports that Paulino told his mother in court that he denied the charge.
Information from: WBZ-TV, http://www.wbz4.com