Lindsie Chrisley has told DailyMail.com her reality TV star father Todd was ‘repugnant’ for threatening to leak a sex tape – which reportedly involves Bachelor contestant Robby Hayes – unless she helped cover up Todd’s alleged tax evasion.
And while denying the existence of a tape, Todd revealed today that Lindsie was having affairs with Robby and fellow ‘Bachelor’ contestant Josh Murray in 2016 behind her husband Will Campbell’s back.
Federal investigators had wanted to interview mother-of-one Lindsie, 29, of Canton, Georgia about Todd, 51, and stepmother Julie, 48 over alleged bank fraud and federal tax evasion.
But Lindsie claimed Chase, 23, and ‘Christley Knows Best’ patriarch Todd threatened to release the sex tape if she did not ‘lie about an incident’.
Reality star Todd Chrisley faces more controversy after his daughter Lindsie Chrisley (pictured) reportedly told police her father tried extorting her with a sex tape to get her to lie, a month before he was indicted on tax fraud charges
Lindsie Chrisley, 29, told police her father Todd, 51, (left) and stepbrother Chase, 23, (right) were trying to extorting her with a sex tape
Todd Chrisley alleges his daughter Lindsie was having an affair with Bachelor star Robby Hayes (above) and that she had claimed there was a sex video showing the pair of them in 2016
Sources confirm to DailyMail.com Lindsie had separated from Will in 2016, even going so far as to draw up divorce papers, but the couple are now back together.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, Lindsie’s lawyer Musa Ghanayem said Todd and Chase should be investigated for extortion for the sex tape threats.
Lindsie went to police on July 16, a month before Todd and Julie were arrested for bank fraud and federal tax evasion on Wednesday.
In an exclusive statement to DailyMail.com, Ghanayem said: ‘Lindsie would like nothing more than to be left alone and go about her own business.
Todd also alleged daughter Lindsie was having an affair with Bachelor contestant Josh Murray in 2016
‘Unfortunately, certain members of her family will not let her live in peace. We are flabbergasted at the audacity of Todd and Chase Chrisley, who are more focused on attacking my client rather than defending themselves against the allegations of criminal conduct.
‘While is not necessary to detail their repugnant actions, it is important to note that the allegations are of serious crimes against Lindsie.
‘Lindsie has made a complaint of their acts to law enforcement, and she will provide them whatever they need in the course of their investigation into her family’s actions.
‘Lindsie prays for a just outcome so that she can go forward with her life safe from those who are looking to do her harm.’
Chrisley told Access Hollywood, ‘It’s heartbreaking and shameful that these kinds of accusations have to be aired in public.
‘We have tried to keep Lindsie’s extramarital relationships with Robby Hayes and Josh Murray private for her sake since August of 2016.
‘Sadly, for reasons we can only guess at, she ran to the sheriff’s office to accuse her brother of buying a sex tape of her and Robby, which was a complete lie, and now she’s telling more lies about me.
‘Although our hearts are broken, Lindsie is our daughter and we will always love her.’
In papers obtained by DailyMail.com, Lindsie filed a ‘terroristic threats’ complaint on July 16 against Todd and Chase with Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in her hometown Canton, Georgia.
Lindsie has distanced herself from her family after Todd and Julie appeared in court on Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia, for 12 counts of bank fraud and federal tax evasion.
Lindsie told DailyMail.com on Wednesday she wanted nothing to do with her parents as they go on trial for fraud.
In papers obtained by DailyMail.com, Lindsie, 29, filed a ‘terroristic threats’ complaint on July 16 against Todd and Chase with Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office in her hometown Canton, Georgia.
Using her married name Lindsie Campbell, she spoke to officer Aaron Elrod.
Officer Elrod wrote, ‘On July 16, 2019 I was dispatched to contact Lindsie Campbell in reference to threats.
Todd and Julie Chrisley take questions as they leave Atlanta Federal Court on Wednesday, August 15
Todd and Julie Chrisley pictured leaving Atlanta Federal Court on Wednesday, August 15. Todd appears to be wearing a foot brace
‘Upon speaking to Lindsie she stated there is an ongoing issue with her family threatening and harassing her.
‘Lindsie stated she recently learned her stepbrother who lives out of state claimed to have purchased a sex tape involving Lindsie.
‘Lindsie stated her father and stepbrother wanted her to lie about an incident and if she refused to do so they were going to release the sex tape involving her.
‘I asked Lindsie if there was in fact a sex tape in existence for her to be concerned about and Lindsie stated that it was possible.’
Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Captain Jay Baker told DailyMail.com they could not pursue the complaint because Todd Chrisley was based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Captain Baker said, ‘We have closed our investigation into this matter. The alleged incident occurred in another state and doesn’t fall within our jurisdiction.’
Todd appeared to sport a leg injury as he and Julie walked free from court in Atlanta on Wednesday.
Todd Chrisley is accused of trying to extort his own daughter with a sex tape, just a month before he and his wife were charged with federal tax evasion and bank fraud (Pictured: Court sketch of Todd and Julie Chrisley at a bond hearing in the US Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta)
While being questioned by reporters outside court today, Todd Chrisley said: ‘We stand in our faith and we stand in what we know is right.
‘We are fortunate to have the counsel that we have and our family will stick together and we’ll walk this road. The Lord will hold our hand and take us through.’
Lindsie reportedly believes her brother purchased the tape, which allegedly involves a Bachelor star.
Lindsie claimed Todd and Chase threatened to leak the sex tape if she refused to lie about a certain incident.
Todd has denied Lindsie’s allegations. He told TMZ: ‘Although our hearts are broken, Lindsie is our daughter and we will always love her.’
Todd, 51, and stepmother Julie, 48, were arrested Wednesday and appeared in court in Atlanta, Georgia, for 12 counts of bank fraud and federal tax evasion.
The couple could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted, according to federal guidelines.
Ouch: Todd and Julie face 12 counts of fraud and tax evasion including faking financial documents to obtain million dollars in loans
Lindsie’s relationship with her family has been strained in recent years and the 29-year-old internet star has not appeared in ‘Chrisley Knows Best’, now in its seventh season on USA Network, since 2017.
In an exclusive statement her spokesman Musa Ghanayem told DailyMail.com: ‘Lindsie would like to thank all of her supporters. The circumstances Todd and Julie find themselves in, is quite unfortunate.
‘It was reported that Lindsie was the source of the information that led to her father’s arrest. That is untrue, she was not the source of this information.
‘Lindsie has been a constant target of lies, harassment and threats from her family and as a result, has been distancing herself from the Chrisley family since 2017.
‘Lindsie is currently processing the events that have unfolded. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement and pray for a just resolution.
‘We will have more to say when the opportunity presents itself.’
Todd and Julie pleaded not guilty to tax evasion and other federal charges that their lawyers said stemmed from false allegations made by a former employee.
The reality stars entered the pleas during their initial court appearance before a federal magistrate judge in Atlanta.
Lindsie Chrisley’s spokesman Musa Ghanayem told DailyMail.com: ‘Lindsie has been a constant target of lies, harassment and threats from her family and as a result, has been distancing herself from the Chrisley family since 2017’
The judge agreed to release them on $100,000 unsecured bond, which means they don’t have to pay anything unless they fail to show up for court dates.
The judge ordered them to surrender their passports and said they’re not allowed to travel outside of parts of Georgia and Tennessee without letting their probation officers know where they will be. Their lawyers had asked for travel permission so they can continue filming.
A federal indictment filed Tuesday accused the Chrisleys of tax evasion, conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud.
In the 12-count indictment filed with the US District Court of Northern Georgia, the Chrisleys are accused of bank fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and tax evasion.
Their Roswell, Georgia-based accountant Peter Tarantino, 56, is accused with them of conspiracy to defraud the United States and two counts of aiding the filing of a false tax return.
‘You know we stand in our faith and we stand for what we know is right,’ Todd Chrisley told reporters as they left the courthouse on Wednesday afternoon.
‘You know our family will stick together, walk this rope because we know God will take our hand and take us through.’
‘A trusted employee of ours had been stealing from us big time’ Todd took to his Instagram on Tuesday to address the charges with a lengthy post in which he claimed they had been framed by a disgruntled employee
Todd took to his Instagram on Tuesday to address the charges with a lengthy post in which he claimed they had been framed by a disgruntled employee.
He explained: ‘It all started back in 2012, when we discovered that a trusted employee of ours had been stealing from us big time.’
The businessman goes on to claim that the employee had created ‘phony documents, ‘forged their signatures, and even threatened ‘other employees with violence’ if they said anything.
Todd even said the once trusted confidant unduly breached their privacy: ‘We even discovered that he illegally bugged our home.’
The employee was eventually fired as Todd claims that he tried to get revenge as he allegedly ‘took his phony documents to the U.S. Attorney’s office and told them we had committed all kinds of financial crimes, like tax evasion and bank fraud.’
He also claimed that the US Attorney’s office didn’t take the case seriously at first as they ‘realized it was all a bunch of nonsense.’ however, the employee later convinced ‘a different set of investigators’ to reopen the case.
Todd added: ‘I’m telling you all this now because we have nothing to hide and have done nothing to be ashamed of. Not only do we know we’ve done nothing wrong, but we’ve got a ton of hard evidence and a bunch of corroborating witnesses that proves it.’
He goes on to say ‘when all is said and done we trust in God’ before citing a bible verse and concluding the long post.