A Bettendorf woman is charged with extortion for trying to get Discovery Communications, Inc., to pay her money to not release "intimate" photos of a show's cast member, according to documents released this week.
Teresa Hunt, no age given, is charged in U.S. District Court, Davenport, with one count of extortion. Discovery Communications is the parent company of the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC and several other cable television networks.
Hunt requested that Discovery cancel the TLC show "19 Kids and Counting" or pay her $10,000, otherwise she would release photos of a cast member in "apparently intimate situations" with a musician to a national magazine, an affidavit unsealed this week states.
According to the affidavit:
An envelope examined by the FBI was addressed to Discovery Communications in Silver Springs, Md., with a return address of "Teresa Hunt" in Bettendorf. Enclosed in the envelope were three items - a business card, a typed letter and a handwritten note.
The business card was for a business named Perfect Pictures and bore the name Teresa Sullivan Hunt.
The typed letter describes Hunt's professional relationship with a musician who performs in Branson, Mo. Hunt describes him as a single 56-year-old man and provides details of him having an affair with a cast member from the "19 Kids and Counting" show.
Hunt claims to have intimate photographs of the individuals.
On the handwritten note, Hunt writes, "You new to get ... off of ‘19 and Counting.' Cancel that show or pay me off from exposing this story to the National Magazines."