Gangland widow Roberta Williams has been accused of threatening to have the wife and children of her reality television show producer killed if he didn’t cough up $17,000.
Williams – the widow of slain Melbourne gang boss Carl Williams – is under investigation over an extortion and kidnap plot following allegations she imprisoned and assaulted the producer, according to The Age.
The producer has reportedly told Victoria Police Williams and five others attacked him in a Collingwood building last week and demanded money.
Roberta Williams in 2004. She was this week was accused of being involved in a kidnapping
Roberta Williams storms off from an A Current Affair interview in February after attacking the reporter on camera. She is reportedly under investigation by police for an alleged kidnapping
Roberta Williams and her daughter Dhakota arrive at a Melbourne court last year. The pair had hoped to star in a reality program about their ordinary lives
One of Williams’ associates was charged earlier this week over the alleged abduction.
The producer has alleged the gang forced him at gunpoint to ask relatives to transfer $17,000 to a bank account and then asked for even more cash.
‘There were six people there including Roberta. I was told, “Talk and we will kill you, your mother and the kids”,’ the 36-year old producer told The Age.
A series of texts messages sent to the alleged victim that include demands for money are understood to make-up some of the case.
The head of the fraud and extortion squad, Detective Inspector Greg Bowd, told the publication: ‘One man has been charged and inquiries are ongoing.’
A GoFundMe page established by Williams to raise $50,000 for the reality television project has raised just $840.
The Age claimed Williams told the producer $10,000 in seeding money was supplied by an outlaw bikie from Sydney.
The producer claimed Williams contacted him through an Instagram account three months ago to enlist his help for the project as producer and narrator.
He said he later agreed to be the producer and had booked studios and a Hampton apartment for filming.
‘Everything was going smoothly. I was told to go to a celebration at Collingwood to announce great news. I took my mother and two children home and when I went back they just locked the door,’ he said.
‘They slapped me in the mouth, stomach, chest, she slapped me and choked me. They put electric flex around my neck. One guy pulled a pistol from his pants and put it to my head. He hit me on the thigh to make me sit down and then tied me up.
Roberta Williams took to YouTube to give her followers a boring insight into her life. She declared she and ex-husband Carl Williams were not bogans
Roberta Williams lashes out at A Current Affair reporter Reid Butler during an interview in February
‘They told me I owed them 20 grand. They said I’d got them the foot in the door and they didn’t need me anymore. They said they had no use for me and I had to sign over my rights.
‘They put my phone on speaker and rang my mother, father and sister to get money transferred. They made me talk to them and said, “Say anything wrong and we’ll put one in you.”
‘Roberta kept screaming that they were going to kill me and the kids.’
The producer’s sister and father are believed to have transferred about $3000 that night, although the demands continued.
‘It was horrific, I thought I was going to die,’ the producer told Silvester.
The producer said he suffered a suspected fractured jaw and cheekbone.
Carl Williams was married to Roberta Williams during Melbourne’s notorious gangland war. He was killed after being exposed as a jailhouse rat
Dhakota Williams (right) and friends. She had hoped to star in a reality television program with her mum Roberta
Bruising around his throat was still visible when he was seen by The Age more than a week after the alleged attack.
The Herald Sun reports the man was a cameraman and was arrested on July 12 at a Melbourne airport.
He was remanded in custody over the weekend and appeared in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, where he was bailed to again appear in October.
Williams, who has not been charged with any offence relating to the incident, is understood to dispute that it even took place, it reported.
In a promotional video on the GoFundMe site, Williams declared: ‘Wait to see the real me. Get to know me before you judge me. See the person I am then judge me. Then I will take your comments your criticism and won’t even complain.’
In April, the despised gangland whinger took to YouTube to post a Q&A about her ‘normal’ life.
In a 42 minute video, Williams relaxed on a couch cradling a fancy pillow with a framed Collingwood premiership tribute on the wall behind her.
Among a series of revelations, the mother-of-five declared she and her ex-gangland killer husband were not bogans.
‘Life for me is normal apart from the media attention I get and being the real me is, um, just me … In the spotlight the media portrays you as they do and I’m portrayed differently on the tv and in the newspaper opposed to what I’m like at home,’ she said.
If proven, it’s not the first time Williams has had a run-in with a journalist.
Williams attacked an A Current Affair journalist on air who ‘tried to bag Carl’.
The attack left Channel 9 reporter Reid Butler a bloody mess during a wild interview in February.
‘You’re going to die, you dog,’ she shouted him.
Williams lunged at the reporter, slamming his body against the wall and repeatedly telling him he was going to die, and saying she would kill his family.
Victoria Police has been contacted by Daily Mail Australia for comment.