I told him that I was going to reveal his adultery to his wife. I did not ask for money. He offers me money (a lot) not to. If I accept, is this extortion? I never demanded the money from him. I have proof that he offered too.
NOPE. That's not extortion. That's called "hush money" and he offered.
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Certainly not extortion which is defined as obtaining money under threat of destruction of propery of injury.
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It might not meet the legal definition of extortion but hey if he is willing to lie to his wife why won't he lie to the police? He gives you $ and then claims you extorted it from him or the like... Your word against his is never a good place to be.
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That is not extortion..............................................................................................................................
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This is not extortion by law . What this is, is a moral situation. You have to figure this out by using your own compass. Who are you more responsible to, if anyone. Is the woman your sister, a relative, someone you morally should be protecting or not? We all live with our choices in life and karma is a hell of a thing.
That is not extortion. If you decide to take the money, you should be fine.
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No it is not extortion, but it doesn't sound like a great arrangement. Think about it.
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This is not extortion. In this case, you did not coerce, threaten, induce, or compel your friend to give you any money so that you would not tell his wife he committed adultery. Your friend simply offered you the money.
That's not extortion, but what if he's offering you money to set you up? He might lie and say you took the money illegally. I've seen that in criminal court. Don't wind up in that position.
Tell him to get lost and do whatever you want. Don't take the money. It isn't worth it.
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