Former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is the target of an extortion threat from a former lover, according to a report by TMZ.com. Referring to the woman as “an ex from hell,” the website reports that “a woman who’s hit him up for cash for years is now threatening to expose private messages if he doesn’t cough up as much as $600k … TMZ has learned.”
A-Rod reportedly broke up with the woman in 2014, and their relationship is being characterized as “more of a fling” than a serious relationship.
“She continued contacting him every now and then, asking for small amounts of money. We’re told he always turned her away empty-handed,” TMZ reports. “But things changed earlier this year when Alex got together with Jennifer Lopez.”
The woman reportedly began asking for larger amounts of money, but was told by A-Rod that he wanted to be left alone.
“That final denial set her off, and she insisted she would not be ignored,” TMZ reports.
“We’re told she demanded $600,000 or she would contact multiple media outlets to offer text messages Alex had sent her,” the report adds. “One source with direct knowledge believes the woman’s motives are clear: once A-Rod hooked up with J Lo … the ex saw dollar signs, and felt he would pay any amount to keep her quiet.”