Business tycoon was blackmailed over sex videos involving his transgender son, court hears 

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High-profile business tycoon is blackmailed by boyfriend of his transgender son over sex videos, court hears

  • A businessman was blackmailed over sex videos involving his son, a court heard
  • Jack Gibson allegedly threatened to release videos and images of the encounter
  • Both the businessman and his son are public figures who cannot be identified 

A high-profile businessman was blackmailed over sex videos involving his transgender son, a court heard.

Jack Gibson, 27, threatened to release videos and images of the sexual encounter to the media unless the tycoon paid him, it is alleged.  

Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told the father was ‘a businessman of public standing’ while his son was ‘somebody who struggles with their gender identity and sexuality’. 

Prosecutor Julie Idowu said both were ‘well-known public figures’, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Jack Gibson, 27, is accused of blackmailing both.

He was arrested at the Sidney Hotel near Victoria Station in central London on April 25 and caught with cocaine and cannabis, the court heard.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told the father was ‘a businessman of public standing’ while his son was ‘somebody who struggles with their gender identity and sexuality’

Ms Idowu said: ‘Complainant number two is a businessman of public standing. The other complainant is somebody who struggles with their gender identity and sexuality.’

She said Gibson had ‘videos and pictures’ of the son ‘he had taken throughout the night in his flat after they had intercourse on two separate occasions.

‘The defendant had been in talks with the media to release the videos and pictures which seemed to be concerning matters that occurred in private.

‘He was found at a hotel when he was arrested.’

Jack Gibson, 27, is accused of blackmailing the father and son. He was arrested at the Sidney Hotel near Victoria Station in central London (pictured) on April 25, the court heard

Jack Gibson, 27, is accused of blackmailing the father and son. He was arrested at the Sidney Hotel near Victoria Station in central London (pictured) on April 25, the court heard

District Judge Samuel Goozee said he needed to know the identities of the alleged blackmail victims but Ms Idowu said they had not even been disclosed to her by the CPS.

The judge added: ‘I’ve made a press restriction order prohibiting publication of the two complainants in this case.’

The judge said he had to consider the ‘nature of the blackmail offence and the sensitivity to the victim and the victim’s father who is the second witness regarding the blackmail, and the nature of the blackmail which involves the exposure of the identities to the media itself’.

Gibson declined to appear in court and was remanded in custody ahead of a preliminary hearing at Southwark Crown Court on May 26.

He faces two counts of blackmail and two of possession of class A and B drugs.  

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