An aspiring actor from Hollywood has plead guilty to trying to extort millions from a coal company

Judge sealed all records, issued gag order

BECKLEY, W.Va. - A California man has pleaded guilty to trying to extort $13 million from a West Virginia coal company executive.
 
Aspiring actor Vivek Shah pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge Irene Berger in Beckley.
 
The 25-year-old from West Hollywood was charged with threatening to kill relatives of Christopher Cline, owner of Foresight Reserves, if Cline refused to pay up.
 
Shah also targeted others who weren't named until Thursday. They are film producer Harvey Weinstein, Playtone film company co-owner Gary Goetzman, Relativity Media founder Ryan Kavanaugh; oil heiress Dannine Avara, Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky, and Terry Pegula, founder of natural gas drilling company East Resources and owner of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres.
 
Berger had sealed all records in the case and issued a gag order to all involved.
 

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