What is the legal definition of "extortion"?

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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...2Dnews%2 Dhed
    According to the story, Jordan is accusing the woman of seeking $5 million to keep quiet about a relationship they had ten years ago.
    If the woman went to Jordan and said she would tell the world about the affair unless he gave her money, is that illegal? There is certainly nothing illegal about her telling the world. At what point do you draw the line and say that someone is extorting? Is asking for hush money against the law?
     
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    Definition
    extort: to obtain(e.g. money) by coercion or intimidation.

    So therefore, what she has attempted to do, by definition is extortion.
     
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    Yes, but I guess more specifically, when does it become a crime?

    If she had requested/demanded a signed basketball for her silence, is that a crime? Is it the amount of money that's involved?

    I just wonder what Jordan's motives are. He is supposedly trying to get the court to declare that her claims are "unenforceable" (well, no duh!) and to prevent her from pursuing money from him in the future (I don't think she has much leverage anymore now that it's all public anyway).
     
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