This is a very odd story. The chauffer threatened Ms. Ono and tried to extort money from her (all apparently well documented in a sting operation) and yet he's playing the victim. One hopes he will be deported right away. New Duranty:
Nearly two months after Yoko Ono’s chauffeur accused her of destroying his marriage and his self-esteem, and demanded $2 million in compensation, prosecutors yesterday dropped extortion charges against him and allowed him to plead guilty to a lesser charge.
In a deal that the Manhattan district attorney’s office said Ms. Ono had agreed with, the chauffeur, Koral Karsan, 50, pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny in the third degree, a felony, and was sentenced to the 60 days he has spent in jail.
Mr. Karsan was immediately released into the custody of immigration officials because he is in the United States from his native Turkey on an expired business visa...
The statement was most striking for its lack of any expression of apology, regret or remorse.
It was, rather, a terse, three-paragraph accounting of the facts of the case. It ended with an admission that he had demanded not $2 million — the sum he actually asked for in what prosecutors called an extortion letter — but “an amount more than $3,000,” which is the amount of money that the law defines as the threshold for third-degree grand larceny.
“On Dec. 8, 2006, I handed Ms. Yoko Ono a letter inside her home located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan,” Mr. Karsan said in his remarks to the court. “The letter stated that I had been using hidden cameras to take pictures of Ms. Ono, and I had recorded Ms. Ono’s private conversations with her friends and family.”
The agreement capped a two-month melodrama in which prosecutors said that Mr. Karsan had threatened to release embarrassing photographs of Ms. Ono in her nightclothes, and even to kill her, if she did not comply with his demand for money.
Mr. Karsan had countered that Ms. Ono humiliated and degraded him, wrecking his marriage and making him so nervous that he ground eight of his teeth to the bone.
Mr. Gottlieb said that Mr. Karsan had not apologized because he believed that he had not done anything wrong, and that nothing in the deal reached yesterday prohibited Mr. Karsan from talking or writing about his experiences over 10 years as Ms. Ono’s chauffeur.