Darts champ 'Barney' target of sextape blackmail attempt

27th October 2010, Comments 0 comments


Dutch darts champion Raymond van Barneveld was the target of a blackmail attempt involving video images allegedly showing him engaging in adulterous sex. The 26-year-old man accused of threatening the former World Darts Champion with publication of the tape if he did not pay him a large amount was due to appear in court in The Hague today Wednesday.

He allegedly told the darts player that the only way to avoid publication was by paying him 10,000 euros. It is not known whether any amount was actually paid. The Public Prosecutors' Office says Raymond van Barneveld and his wife received threatening phone calls and text messages, saying things such as: 'Think of your children! And your wife! We know which schools they go to'.

The video used to blackmail 'Barney' reportedly shows having intimate relations with a woman other than his wife. The accused man allegedly threatened to send the tape to Dutch TV channel SBS6 or post it on the internet himself.

The 'other woman' in the tape is said to be an acquaintance of the accused. She is reported to have met the multiple world darts champion during a demonstration game. Mr Van Barneveld reportedly ended the 'intimate contact' this year.

The accused man denies all charges, and his lawyer says no sex tape has ever been found.


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