Tape found in search of blackmail suspect's home

CHICAGO -- Federal authorities have seized a videotape
believed to be at the center of an alleged blackmail attempt
against New York Yankees slugger Gary Sheffield and his wife, a prosecutor said.
FBI agents found the tape during a search of suspect Derrick
Mosley's home, Assistant U.S. Attorney Virginia Kendall said
Tuesday during Mosley's bond hearing. The government said last week
that it didn't know whether the videotape actually existed.
Mosley was arrested last week after allegedly asking Sheffield's
business agent for $20,000 to destroy the tape that he claimed
showed Sheffield's wife, gospel singer DeLeon Richards, having sex
with a professional musician several years ago before her marriage.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Morton Denlow on Tuesday ordered Mosley
held in jail, saying that while Mosley was not likely to be a
flight risk he was concerned Mosley would try to defraud others
while awaiting trial.
"What's to stop him from picking up the phone and doing some
other scam?" Denlow said. The judge said he would reconsider his
ruling if Mosley's family could pledge substantial property for
Defense attorney Luis Galvan said Mosley, 38, voluntarily
offered to turn the tape over to prosecutors after he was arrested
but the government chose to seize it with a search warrant.
Mosley has claimed that he contacted Sheffield's Chicago-based
business agent, Rufus Williams, because he wanted to provide moral
counseling to Richards.
"I continue to see this case as one person's negotiation is
another person's extortion," Galvan said.
Williams contacted the FBI after Mosley first contacted him on
Nov. 3. Authorities said he later secretly taped a phone
conversation with Mosley in which he expressed hope that the tape
would be destroyed and offered to pay Mosley $1,000 for his
efforts. Mosley is heard on tape saying: "I think we just gotta go
a little higher ... more like perhaps $20,000."
In a statement last week, Sheffield said his wife "had a
long-term relationship with a well-known professional singer over
10 years ago," before the couple married, and that he had already
known about it. The Yankee outfielder said he hoped his family's
privacy would be respected and the man involved would be
"I love my wife and I vow again to stand by her through any
trial or tribulation," he said.
Neither the statement nor the FBI affidavit accompanying charges
against Mosley identified the musician.