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Yoko’s after me!

You know the entire news story about Yoko and her long-time driver really bugs me.  Not only is it creepy, but it just seems so sad.  Here’s this guy, who we assume is making a decent living, and he suddenly goes bat s**t crazy bonkers.  It makes no sense to me.  I’ll have to talk to my brother in New York to see what they are putting in the water there.  The story just seems to be getting weirder and weirder as it progresses.

Here’s what we’ve read.

Yoko Ono’s devious driver played the victim and claimed his ex-boss set him up for a fall during an exclusive jailhouse interview yesterday. “I’m innocent,” Koral Karson told the Daily News, shifting uncomfortably. “I trusted her to talk without an attorney, and look what happened.”

Scoffing at allegations that he lined up henchmen to kill Ono if she refused to bow to his blackmail demands, Karson said he has more to fear from Ono than she does from him.

“She’s using everything against me,” he said.

But Karson, who worked as Ono’s chauffeur, clammed up and began blinking furiously when pressed for details about what happened after his long-running relationship with the 73-year-old soured.

“I can’t,” Karson said at The Tombs in downtown Manhattan. “I can’t without my attorney.”

Asked about the more than 10 years he worked for John Lennon’s widow and the alleged plot to extort $2 million from her, the silver-haired suspect muttered, “I really can’t say.”

Instead, the 50-year-old Turkish immigrant – who accused Ono of sexual harassment after he was arrested – switched the subject to soccer and complimented the jailhouse chow. “It doesn’t bother me,” Karson said of jail.

He then ended the interview by giving a reporter a weak handshake and heading back to his cell.

Ono’s spokesman Elliot Mintz rejected Karson’s claims of innocence. “We will have the opportunity to hear exactly what he said in the appropriate forum,” Mintz said.

Karson was arrested Wednesday at his Amityville, L.I., home and charged with attempted grand larceny.

On the 26th anniversary of Lennon’s murder, Karson allegedly threatened to go public with intimate photos of Ono in her pajamas and secretly recorded tapes of her phone calls if she didn’t come up with $2 million.

Karson then went to Ono’s lawyer on Tuesday and allegedly threatened to write a tell-all book and send a gang of hit men to rub her out if he didn’t get the money.

Ono’s lawyer, who had already told cops about the extortion attempt, reported the death threat and cops arrested Karson, police said. Ono testified against him before a Manhattan grand jury Thursday.

Prosecutors said later there was no evidence that Karson had hired hit men despite the death threats. A police source said the “talk of henchmen was just… crazy talk.”

A bizarre blackmail letter allegedly written by Karson also threatened to reveal Ono’s true feelings about the U.S. and British governments and tell the public that Sean Lennon once called his father an “a——,” a source said.

Manhattan Judge Tanya Kennedy set Karson’s bail at $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash.

Two of Karson’s pals presented prosecutors with cashier’s checks for $250,000 yesterday. The judge gave prosecutors 72 hours to check out the money’s source to make sure it wasn’t from ill-gotten gains.

“These are legitimate, solid citizens,” Karson’s attorney, Robert Gottlieb, said. “There’s absolutely no reason under the sun that would warrant the DA not giving fast and speedy approval.”

Source: New York Daily News


One Response

  1. Wow. I hadn’t heard about that. That’s completely insane.

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