July 15, 2014
Who says track and field has a hard time generating publicity in a non-World Championship year?
Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius has been making worldwide headlines on a near daily basis with his murder trial and now big-time track and field agent Emanuel Hudson is making his own international headlines with his own arrest.
Last Thursday, Hudson, the key attorney behind the HSInternational agency which in year’s past has represented super stars like Maurice Greene, Ato Bolton and Allen Johnson, was arrested for allegedly trying to extort at least $15 million from a Saudi sheikh.
Earlier this year, 33-year old German national Leyla Ors said she was raped, beaten, burned with a cigarette and held hostage by Thamer Albalwi, the 23-year-old son of the super-rich Sheik Monsur Albalwi. Ors was Albawi’s personal assistant. Police interviewed Ors, saw cigarette burns on her and arrested Thamer Albalwi on four counts of sexual assault.
Hudson got himself in trouble for allegedly calling the Sheikh Albawi and telling him for $15 million that Ors wouldn’t testify and everything would go away.
Ars herself is in trouble because the police have determined she made the whole thing up and even burned herself with cigarettes to make it seem believable.
The Associated Press has an article that says attorney Alan Jackson said that Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney issued a rare finding of ‘factual innocence’ for Thamer Albawli because he’s got a lot of evidence like cell phone records, video surveillance, etc. proving he didn’t commit sexual assault.
We placed a call to HSI asking for a comment but were told that Mr. Hudson was unavailable. We also sent an email asking for a reply.
Discuss this bizarre case in our messageboard: Truth is stranger than fiction: HSI head Emanuel Hudson arrested for allegedly trying to extort $15 million from Saudi sheikh.
More: Daily Mail: Los Angeles woman and her two lawyers ‘made up sex assault claims against wealthy sheik’s son in attempt to extort $20million’
*LA Times: 3 charged in alleged plot to extort $20 million from Saudi sheik