Mogul behind The Smurfs admits to grand larceny charge

Stuart Ross was charged with attempted grand larceny after threatening to destroy Blackstone Group executive David Blitzer’s reputation in 2008 unless he was paid $5.5 million (£3.7 million).

He then demanded a further $5.5 million to give up his rights as a grandparent to the baby his daughter, Blitzer’s wife, was expecting, reports the New York Daily News.

Ross appeared in a Manhattan, New York court on Thursday (12Aug10) and admitted to the crime, but insisted he wasn’t a bad guy.

Referring to The Smurfs’ evil nemesis character, he reporters, “My name isn’t Gargamel.”

He is due to be sentenced at a later date.

Ross made millions in the 1970s and ’80s after winning over American kids with the family of blue creatures.