Couple Arrested In Dion Extortion Case
A California woman and her husband have been arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly trying to blackmail $13.5 million from Celine Dion's husband and manager, Rene Angelil, who the woman says raped her. YA California woman and her husband have been arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly trying to blackmail $13.5 million from Celine Dion's husband and manager, Rene Angelil, who the woman says raped her. Yun Kyeong Kwon Sung and Ae Hoe Kwon of Pasadena were arrested last week and charged with extortion and witness soliciting a bribe, both felonies, and conspiracy to commit extortion, a misdemeanor, police said.
Sung, 47, and Kwon, 50, filed a lawsuit and a police report last March alleging that Angelil raped Sung in March 2000 at the Imperial Palace hotel-casino. The two were arrested Thursday during a meeting about the civil lawsuit between them, their attorney and Angelil's attorney. A police detective was also at the meeting.
Authorities began investigating the alleged extortion six weeks ago and it became "very clear and apparent that we had an extortion," Capt. Tom Lozich said. Lozich would not say how the couple tried to extort the money but said police were alerted by Angelil's attorney. Angelil denies the rape allegation.
As previously reported, Dion will will release a new Epic album, "One Heart," on March 25, the same date as her three-year Las Vegas engagement, "A New Day...," opens at the lavish new Caesars Palace Colosseum.
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