Irvine, California attorneys Emanuel Hudson and Joseph Cavallo were charged in Los Angeles County with attempted extortion, conspiracy to commit extortion, conspiracy to receive a bribe and conspiracy to obstruct justice. In addition to the attorneys, Leyla Ors was also charged with offering to receive a bribe by a witness.
According to law enforcement officials, Leyla Ors filed a criminal complaint in Los Angeles alleging Thamer Albalwi, the son of Sheikh Monsur Albalwi of Saudi Arabia, raped and tortured her. After the LADAs office filed multiple felony counts against Thamer Albalwi for the alleged sexual assault, Hudson and Cavallo are accused of asking Thaamers father, one of the wealthiest men in the world for $20 million for the case to go away. Hudson and Cavallo are even accused of requiring the money to be deposited in a Swiss bank account.
After the allegations surfaced, Thamer Albalwi through his attorneys was able to provide enough information to suggest the entire allegation was staged to set up the extortion. Albalwi provided the LADAs office with video, email and text messages to dispute the allegation. The LADAs office has since dismissed the charges against Albalwi and agreed to the factual innocence petition that has been filed on Albalwis behalf.
Currently, Hudson and Cavallo are out on $35,000 bail while, Ors, a German national is still in custody. If convicted, the three face three years in state prison.
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