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04/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Swiss Gigolo' Goes On Trial For Extorting BMW Heiress

Nicknamed the "Swiss gigolo", Helg Sgarbi is accused of seducing Germany's richest woman, making a secret video of them having passionate sex in a hotel bedroom and then trying to blackmail her for Euros 14 million by threatening to publish the incriminating material.

Tomorrow the 44-year-old -- who once boasted to police: "I live off the money women give me" -- will appear before a Munich court charged with attempting to extort millions from BMW heiress Susanne Klatten and a string of other wealthy women. If convicted he could face 15 years in jail.

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