Yoko Ono’s driver denies blackmail

Karl Karsan pleads not guilty

Yoko Ono’s driver Karl Karsan, who was accused of attempting to blackmail the star, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of first degree attempted grand larceny at a hearing on Tuesday (December 19).

Karsan was arrested last week after allegedly threatening to release private photos and audio tapes unless John Lennon‘s widow paid $2 million (£1 million).

He was remanded in custody after a New York court hearing to prevent him returning home to Turkey.

At the hearing, which took place at Manhattan State Supreme Court, Karsan’s lawyer said the driver would: “vigorously dispute” the charges.

However district attorney Anne Schwartz said she was sure Karsan would flee to Turkey if released.

Schwartz said: “It is clear that the defendant has been plotting and planning to commit some sort crime against the victim.”

Karsan is due back in court on January 11, reports the BBC.