A woman stalked and shook down New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, getting him to pay her $6,000 and demanding more by threatening to harm his reputation, prosecutors said Thursday.
The case represents ''a long-term effort to control and manipulate the victim,'' Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eric Iverson told a judge as Louise Neathway, 36, was arraigned on grand larceny, stalking and harassment charges.
Her lawyers said Cashman had had ''an inappropriate relationship'' with Neathway, a medical sales worker and single mother of a 14-year-old daughter, and he turned on her when it ended badly.
''The Manhattan district attorney's office bought his account of how this happened, hook, line and sinker,'' lawyer Stephen G. McCarthy said. He and fellow Neathway lawyer Alan M. Abramson said Neathway denied the allegations.
Cashman said through spokesman Chris Giglio that he is ''very grateful that this matter is in the hands of law enforcement.''
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