'Jersey Shore' Star's Ex-Boyfriend Accused of Trying to Extort Her - NBC Southern California

'Jersey Shore' Star's Ex-Boyfriend Accused of Trying to Extort Her

Thomas Lippolis was accused of seeking $25,000 to not divulge secrets about Jenni "JWoww" Farley to the media

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    In this file photo, Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley attends the "Jersey Shore Family Vacation" New York Premiere at PHD Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown on April 4, 2018 in New York City. (Inset) Thomas Lippolis is accused of trying to extort the reality TV star.

    A former boyfriend of "Jersey Shore" star Jenni "J-Woww" Farley is accused of trying to extort the reality star.

    On Wednesday, the Toms River Police Department in New Jersey arrested Thomas Lippolis on a charge of third-degree extortion.

    Lippolis, who dated the "Shore" cast member for about a year over a decade ago, is accused of seeking $25,000 from Farley "in exchange for not divulging secrets to the media" about her, according to police.

    Police said Farley learned about the scheme through her publicist, who received a phone call from Lippolis demanding the money.

    Following the arrest, Farley thanked the police department and Ocean County Prosecutor's Office "for their professionalism, expedited response time and unwavering attention to detail that resulted in an immediate arrest after I was the target of a serious crime," in a statement to Entertainment Tonight. 

    "While I am unable to comment any further in light of the ongoing investigation, I offer to you that I will share more once this matter is concluded, but in the meantime ask that you please respect the private nature of these legal matters so that the authorities may properly conduct their business operations," she added.

    In the past,  Lippolis has said he was more than just a boyfriend. Back in 2010, the ex-boyfriend and former manager of Farley sued the reality star for allegedly cheating him out of his profit. It's not clear how the case concluded.