By on March 9, 2009

Susanne Klatten, Germany’s wealthiest woman, and a member of the Quandt family—the leading shareholders in carmaker BMW—bid good-bye to a former lover. Helg Sgarbi was jailed for six years on Monday for trying to blackmail (with secret video of their lovemaking) the heiress to the BMW car empire, Reuters reports.

Helg Sgarbi admitted that he had seduced heiress Susanne Klatten and three other wealthy women, persuading them to pay him almost 10 million euros ($12.64 million). Klatten went public last year with the story of how her lover secretly shot intimate footage and later demanded tens of million of euros not to reveal it. Sgarbi’s admission spared Klatten, who is rarely seen in public, a court appearance.

Leafing through the defendant’s curriculum vitae, Judge Gilbert Wolf read from a glowing job reference from investment bank Credit Suisse, describing Sgarbi’s role there as a specialist in mergers and acquisitions—apparently he hadn’t lost his touch.

Newspapers had reported that Sgarbi had sought to justify his actions as revenge for his Jewish grandfather’s forced labor in Quandt family factories during the war. But no mention was made of this claim on Monday. The Quandt dynasty had close ties to the Nazi party and built its fortune supplying German army and railway worker uniforms. The first wife of Klatten’s grandfather went on to marry Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

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8 Comments on “BMW Blackmailing Swordsman Gets Six Years...”


  • avatar
    KatiePuckrik

    Considering Germany has a huge pornography industry, I would say that another video on the market of another 2 Germans bonking is hardly news!

    I heard that the video lasted a minute.

    The initial quality was great, then, the whole thing just fell apart.

    Thank you! I’ll be here all week!

    P.S. It’s also nice to hear about women in the car industry. We need more of them!

  • avatar
    like.a.kite

    The Quandt dynasty had close ties to the Nazi party and built its fortune supplying German army and railway worker uniforms. The first wife of Klatten’s grandfather went on to marry Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.

    Uniforms? (Quoting the whole thing as it’s worth reading again.)

  • avatar
    StevenJJ

    Fairly amusing for all the wrong reasons. Why didn’t he stop at the millions he’d already blackmailed? Could’ve driven off in a new BMW with the spoils.

  • avatar
    mtypex

    All* I want in life is a new BMW. They really are still the Ultimate Driving Machine.

    *: ok, so I want some other things too.

  • avatar
    Bimmer

    And what about three other women? Who did their families forced to work?
    And enough with Jewish people milking cow that only they had suffered (I don’t deny that). However, two of my great aunts were taken from former Soviet Union during the war to forced labor camps and I don’t cry about it and don’t try to get money for that.

  • avatar
    John Horner

    Seems like she could have found a much better plaything than that guy! One must wonder what her husband and three children think about her poor taste.

  • avatar
    dilbert

    I guess a link to the video is out of the question?

  • avatar
    Michael Ayoub

    Rule 34.

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