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‘Feud’ Host Blackmailer Gets Time

December 20, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ An Arizona man was sentenced to prison for extorting money from ``Family Feud″ host Louie Anderson by threatening to tell tabloids that the comic asked him for sex.

Richard J. Gordon, 31, of Mesa, Ariz., who pleaded guilty to a federal blackmail charge, was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison. He will be on probation for three years after his release and must pay $4,000 in restitution to Anderson, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Wright said.

According to court papers, Gordon wrote a 1997 letter to Anderson alleging the comedian approached him four years earlier at a gaming establishment near Los Angeles International Airport.

Gordon allegedly urged the comedian to pay money ``so your secrets don’t get out and blow your future.″

Anderson’s lawyer told federal authorities earlier this month that Gordon received nearly $100,000 from Anderson but demanded another $250,000, according to court papers.

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