And it’s now a part of a criminal investigation!
Mailed from South Carolina, the letter appears to indicate it came from the Ridingers’ big money business, the multi-level marketing company.
The content, however, is not what any of the Ridingers’ employees would dare say about them publicly – unless they’re former, bitter employees!
The two-page missive airs out the high-profile Miami Beach couple’s dirty laundry, alleging drug use, extra-marital affairs and sub-par parenting.
And the writer even names a member of the Ridinger family who’s currently in federal witness protection after ratting a rival drug dealer!
Miami Beach cops are having the letter analyzed and suspect it’s part of an extortion plot against the Ridingers, who routinely play host to some of showbiz’ biggest names. Pop star Jennifer Lopez, reality TV’s Kim Kardashian, salsa king Marc Anthony, and Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria are routinely seen on their mega-yacht Utopia.
“Law enforcement . . . is investigating whether the letter was written by a former employee who had previously been convicted of extortion attempts against the family,” wrote Press Millen, the Ridingers’ attorney, in a prepared statement. “The letter itself is fabricated, replete with falsehoods and absurdities, and is obviously forged . . . (It) would be comical if it weren’t so vile, racist, and slanderous.”
The Ridingers went through an extortion attempt in 2008, when their chauffeur/social assistant tried to get $1 million for his silence.
Nicos Ktori, the ex-gopher, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of extortion and was sentenced to four years probation. As part of the plea agreement, he promised not to talk trash about the Ridingers.
He got off probation in September but couldn’t be contacted for comment.
Loren Ridinger didn’t return a call but one of her friends said: “She’s texting everybody to apologize for the letter.”
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