German-born Turkish pop singer Bulut Duman has been accused by over 50 men of in Turkey of blackmailing them about their secret gay sex affairs.
According to court documents seen by daily Hürriyet, more than 50 men in the provinces of Istanbul, Bursa and Giresun have recently filed criminal complaints against pop singer
After they engaged in a relationship with the singer, they said Duman swindled their money through fraud or blackmail by using footage of their sexual encounters.
A policeman from Istanbul who filed a criminal complaint alleged that Duman had taken 80,000 Turkish Liras from him. ($15,000.00)
Another complainant, who was unidentified, attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the sea in Istanbul but was saved by fishermen.
Duman was convicted for fraud and sentenced to jail in one case and was acquitted in another. Several legal cases still proceed.
Same-sex sexual activity was legalized in the Ottoman Empire (the predecessor of the modern-day Republic of Turkey) in 1858 and in modern Turkey, homosexual activity has always been a legal act since the day it was founded in 1923
Duman denies all of the 50 accusations.