Stevie Wonder extortion duo plead not guilty
July 27 , 2012
Two people charged with extorting singer Stevie Wonder have pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles court.
The singer's cousin, Alpha Walker, and Walker's girlfried, Tamara Diaz, are accused of trying to extort the Grammy-winning singer over a video that portrays Wonder negatively.
Walker and Diaz were arrested in May after receiving $10,000 from Wonder's lawyers in a police sting.
Walker's lawyers said the film was about his own life, and therefore protected under freedom of speech laws.
The pair are accused of trying to extort as much as $500,000.