Prostitute Philips Ellis was sent to prison for 30 months after blackmailing the elderly academic over their sexual liaisons in Cambridge’s gay cruising spots, reports the UK’s Daily Mail.
A male prostitute blackmailed a top Cambridge University academic, forcing him to hand over £6,000 after threatening to tell the don’s wife that they had sex.
The senior scientist fell victim to university drop-out Philip Ellis after they met at a gay cruising spot in the city’s Newnham area, Cambridge Crown Court was told.
The married academic paid Ellis £10 to perform a sexual act on him at the secluded Paradise Woods area and handed over £40 for full sex two weeks later.
But the 26-year-old homeless drug user then demanded £4,000 from the elderly Cambridge University tutor.
Sara Walker, prosecuting, said: ‘He said he knew who he was and knew he was married. The defendant told him he knew his wife’s name and some details about his son. The victim then met the defendant in St Mary’s Street and handed over £200, saying he could not withdraw £3,800 because the cash machine would not let him.
‘He later went to the bank and withdrew £3,800 and handed it over.’
However, Ellis asked for more money and produced the victim’s stolen university card. The academic handed over £2,000 after Ellis claimed he had compromising mobile phone footage.’
Two months after handing over the cash in April last year, Ellis then appeared at the academic’s family home on June 12.
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