A Denham Springs woman is accused of extorting $45,000 from a married man over the past two years, threatening on many occasions to release a sex tape of their affair if he quit paying for her silence.
Authorities arrested the woman, Emilie Blythe Hill, on Monday afternoon on counts of extortion and improper telephone communication, marking the second time in several weeks she ended up jailed.
Previously, in mid-May, it was because she showed up unwelcome to the office of an attorney representing the man she was allegedly extorting. On that occasion, she was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a count of entering or remaining after being forbidden, according to a Sheriff’s Office report, and she was soon released after posting bail.
Hill, who turns 44 on Tuesday, was arrested Monday by Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputies, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
The Livingston deputies arrested Hill and booked her into the Livingston Parish Detention Center as a fugitive because the warrant for extortion was issued by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office more than two weeks ago.
In an interview with a deputy, the man, whose age was not available, said he worked with Hill from 2005 to 2007 then reconnected with her in 2010, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.
The two then began a romantic relationship, the report says.
During the relationship, the man “agreed to pay some of her bills and expenses, and she asked that he loan her some money as well,” the report says.
But when the man ended the relationship in 2012, she demanded he keep paying her. If not, she threatened to expose a sex tape to the media, his friends and his family, including his wife, the report says.
Over roughly two years, he loaned Hill $45,000, the report says, while remaining under the impression she would repay him. She claimed she would do so once she received an inheritance, although it wasn’t clear whether such an inheritance existed.
The report doesn’t make clear whether a sex tape actually existed either.
But Hill claimed to possess one, and she threatened to release it if she wasn’t paid to keep quiet, the report says.
In an interview with an investigator, the man described his relationship with Hill as romantic but not sexual. He conceded, however, that “an overt sexual act” occurred with Hill on only one occasion, the report says.
“It is that act that (Hill) has stated she video recorded and has continually used as leverage to get more money from him,” the report says.
No documentation of the thousands of dollars worth of payments exists, the report says, only verbal agreements.
Although the report does not make clear exactly when the man stopped paying Hill, once he did so, she began calling, emailing and texting his wife.
In her communication with the man and his wife, Hill threatened to ruin him by exposing the alleged sex tape, the report says.
In an interview with investigators after her arrest on the accusation of entering or remaining after being forbidden, Hill admitted to extorting the man, the report says.
However, authorities did not book her on the extortion count because they had not yet received a statement from the man who paid her the money.
The man, his wife and their attorney met with the investigator on May 17. Several days later, armed with the man’s statement, the deputy issued a new warrant for Hill’s arrest.
As of Monday night, Hill, of 9309 Huntington Ave., Denham Springs, remained jailed in the Livingston Parish Detention Center. It wasn’t clear whether her bail had been set.
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