Roberta Williams pleads guilty to blackmailing reality TV show producer Ryan Naumenko

Roberta Williams pleads guilty to blackmailing reality TV show producer Ryan Naumenko

Alleged victim Ryan Naumenko.Credit:Seven News

Williams has pleaded guilty to charges of blackmail and recklessly causing injury to Naumenko in the incident that followed, on July 9.

When Naumenko showed up he was told “you’re f—ed, it’s all over now” by the associates.

He was told “Roberta wants money now” before another man suggested they “kill the c— – he has no money.”

Naumenko’s father and sister each paid $1000 to the studio’s bank account and ownership of his mother’s car was signed over during the incident, in which he was beaten and threatened with a gun.


Williams later sent a text to one of the men, thanking him for his assistance.

During a plea hearing in Victoria’s County Court, participating prosecutors said Williams had agreed to in the frightening confrontation, and although she didn’t take part in the assault itself, she was complicit.

Williams, who replied: “53, I think” when asked her age, was supported in court by her daughter Dakota during a plea hearing last month. Details were suppressed until Friday.

Her lawyer said Williams’ criminal history ran almost parallel with events in her life.

“Types of offences are consistent with points in her life – either unstable relationships, unstable accommodation, domestic situations, drug use situations,” she said.

“Since 2008 she has had a largely offence-free lifestyle.”

The court heard Williams is the carer for her son, who has significant disabilities.

Care of the boy is intensive and difficult and won’t end when he turns 18, the court heard.

“A degree of mercy applies here, if not in its full form,” Williams’ lawyer said.

The judge agreed and said prison was not an option.

Williams is due to be fulfilled on August 26.


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