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Actor Arrested In Harvey Weinstein Extortion Plot

August 23rd, 2012 8:06am EDT

Harvey Weinstein

An actor has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to extort millions of dollars from movie mogul  Harvey Weinstein and threatening to kill him and his family.

Vivek Shah, who had tiny roles in The Dark Knight and Our Family Wedding, is accused of targeting Weinstein and at least four other tycoons in a bid to force them to deposit money in offshore bank accounts, according to the New York Post.

The alleged scheme was smashed by cops and Shah was arrested earlier this month at his parents' home in Chicago, Illinois.

The actor is currently being held in West Virginia, close to where one of his alleged targets lives, and has not been granted bail.

An investigation into the extortion plot was launched after a letter was sent to coal magnate Christopher Cline, in which he was told his family would be targeted unless he transferred $13 million to an offshore bank account.

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