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Iowa woman charged with blackmailing Discovery Communications over show '19 Kids and Counting'
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) ' An Iowa woman has been charged with extortion in an alleged plot to get Discovery Communications Inc. to cancel the TLC show "19 Kids and Counting" or pay her $10,000.
The woman is accused of threatening to release photos of a cast member in "apparently intimate situations" to a magazine.
Teresa Hunt, of Bettendorf, is charged in U.S. District Court in Davenport with one count of extortion.
According to an affidavit, Hunt sent a letter in January to the parent company of TLC describing a musician and providing details of an affair with a cast member. The program is about a family with 19 children.
Hunt was arrested Feb. 1. There is no telephone listing for her. A call to her attorney, Jack Dusthimer (DUST'-tuh--muhr) wasn't returned Monday.