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Reality Show Is Target of Alleged Blackmail Plot

Feb 7, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An alleged blackmailer has been charged in what authorities say is a plot to force the cancellation of a reality show, the Associated Press reports.

The TLC Show "19 Kids and Counting" was the focus of the alleged plot. An Iowa woman was arrested and charged with being behind a plot to get Discovery Communications to cancel the show or pay $10,000 in exchange for not revealing compromising photos of a cast member, the story reports.

According to federal court documents, the woman, Teresa Hunt, is accused of threatening to send the photos, depicting a cast member in "apparently intimate situations,” to a magazine, the story notes.

Hunt was arrested Feb. 1 after an FBI undercover agent called her and said he represented Discovery and was following up on her letter, the story says. Hunt alleged that a 56-year-old professional musician she has a professional relationship with was having an affair with an unspecified female cast member, according to the court papers, the story notes.

"19 Kids and Counting" is a reality show that tracks Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children.

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