Investigation

Beware of extortionists using #MeToo backdrop for financial gain

Toronto criminal lawyer Melanie Webb says she has witnessed an increase in extortion attempts coinciding with the emergence of the #MeToo movement.

"I’m seeing more men who are victims of blackmail and extortion attempts," Webb, principal of Melanie J. Webb Barrister, tells AdvocateDaily.com. "They are being wrongfully accused of sexual assault by complainants threatening to go to police or expose them to their families or colleagues.