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Sex text messages central in blackmail case

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Sex text messages central in blackmail case
12:04 CEST+02:00
A 40-year-old woman has appeared in court in Kalmar in southeastern Sweden for allegedly blackmailing a local sporting celebrity with whom she had a heated sexual relationship.

The woman is accused of coercing the older man into giving her 900,000 kronor and a Mercedes Cabriolet. Had he refused to comply with her wishes, the 40-year-old was armed with a series of explicit text messages which she threatened to hand over to the man's live-in girlfriend.

The couple came in contact with each other in 2005 after the local celebrity rented her a house. They began seeing each other regularly on the island of Öland and on trips abroad, which the man paid for.

"The level of eroticism was very high," the man told Kalmar District Court, according to the Östra Småland newspaper.

In the summer of 2005, having already received 900,000 kronor, a car and free rent, the woman asked for a further 300,000 kronor which she said she needed to help clear her debts.

At this point the man decided to come clean and tell his girlfriend about all that had happened. They spent the next few months trying to get the 40-year-old to leave the house on Öland.

According to the woman's lawyer however, who read out a number of the man's explicit text messages in court, the local celebrity had not given the impression that he felt blackmailed.

One message, for example -- "I have just jerked off in your honour" -- was sent after the man had admitted everything to his girlfriend, Ölandsbladet reports.

This the man explained had been intended as a means of mollifying his former lover and preventing her from showing his girlfriend the previous erotic messages that had passed between them.

The woman however claims that the man had in fact been helping her to wipe her debt sbefore they began a new life together.

The man has demanded one million kronor in compensation from the woman.

The trial is scheduled to continue next week.

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