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"Bad Brad" Wood's efforts to cash in on his alleged sexual exploits with supermodel Gina Athans prompted her billionaire boyfriend to turn to Brett Kebble's accused killer for help.
And, claims Kebble's former security head Clint Nassif, alleged crime kingpin Glenn Agliotti then called on his "friend", National Police Commissioner Jackie Selebi, "to ask if he could assist".
Controversial Big Brother contestant Wood and former Miss Teen South Africa Athans dated briefly before she met and later married Jordanian businessman Eyhab Jumean in a lavish wedding attended by 1 000 guests, including rapper 50 Cent and singer Dannii Minogue. The couple spilt within a year, with Jumean being linked with socialite Paris Hilton two months after their separation.
Now, while detailing the third meeting he had with Selebi and Agliotti in an unsigned affidavit to the Scorpions, Nassif has revealed how Jumean tried to protect his then wife from Wood's alleged blackmail efforts.
Nassif said he, Selebi and Agliotti met to discuss a "Ayab Humen (sic) who was being blackmailed by Brad Wood, who allegedly had sex with Gina before they were married".
Wood "blackmailed (Jumean) to pay £50 000 (about R700 000) to Wood", Nassif said. "(Jumean) was scared for his life so I requested Glenn to arrange the meeting with Selebi to see if he could assist this person," he added.
The outcome of this request, if any, is not detailed in Nassif's statement.
Wood has previously been linked to Johannesburg's bouncer underworld through his friendship with Gull Yahav, who, along with Kebble murder witness Nigel McGirk, was charged with the 2002 murder of bouncer Patrick Caetano.
Yahav was found guilty of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and fined R10 000 for his role in the killing.
Wood could not be reached on Friday for comment about Nassif's blackmail claims.
But, in the months after Athans's wedding, he grabbed headlines by announcing plans to release an "autobiographical" pornographic movie called Bad Brad's Banging Success.
Contacted on Friday afternoon, Athans's publicist Andrew Farr said the model "had no comment at this time" about the claims made in Nassif's statement. He, however, added that she and her family were hoping to examine the unsigned affidavit.