A 70-year-old man from Zeist has admitted blackmailing the De Mol showbiz family, the Telegraaf says on Friday.
The man has been sending letters to television magnate John de Mol since last October demanding large sums of money. He threatened to harm his sister Linda and her family if De Mol refused to pay up.
The man was arrested on Wednesday and a dna sample has been found to match dna on one of the threatening letters, the Telegraaf says. It is not yet clear what the relationship of the man to the family or to De Mol’s company Talpa is, police told the paper.
The case came to a head when a television crime show broadcast a drawing of an elderly man with glasses who had ordered cakes to be delivered to John de Mol’s home in Blaricum. The box also contained a threatening letter.
Linda de Mol said later on Friday the arrest and confession was the best Sinterklaas she could have.