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Ex-Letterman Writer Claims Sexual Favoritism

10/27/2009 1:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David LettermanA former Letterman writer claims Dave's show was a "hostile, sexually charged atmosphere" -- and "sexual politics" played a role in why she eventually quit the job.

The woman making the claim is Nell Scovell, who spent roughly 5 months working for Dave back in 1990.

In an article for Vanity Fair, Scovell claims during her employment, she was well aware that Dave and other high-level male employees were having sexual relations with female staffers.

Scovell also claims those female staffers were "benefiting professionally from their personal relationships."

She adds, "Did that make me feel demeaned? Completely. Did I say anything at the time? Sadly, no."

But she's talkin' now.

In the article, Scovell claims she's not looking to take any legal action against Dave or the show -- and she never identifies any of the alleged staffer-bangers by name.

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1.

LakerFan    

Favortism ???? Who wrote that?

1719 days ago
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Chappaquiddick    

It probably doesn't take much for this one to feel "demeaned". While she may not be looking to take any legal action against Dave or the show (she probably couldn't even if she wanted) she obviously isn't opposed to, or demeaned enough, to making a quick buck off of Dave and the show by selling herself... er... her story... publicly to whoever wants to pay for it.


1719 days ago
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Teri    

WHO EFFING CARES???? You should have said something 10 years ago! The man has sex... give him a freaking break!

1719 days ago
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cathy    

Also, it doesn't take someone else to make you feel "demeaned" if you don't think highly of yourself no one else will either. http://beyondbitch.wordpress.com

1719 days ago
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Geri    

It was so demeaning to her that it took her 19 years to open her mouth about the situation???? I think she is jealous because she was not "benefiting professionally from their personal relationships."

1719 days ago
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barbara    

Please, enough of this. Does everyone think that they need their 15 minutes of b.s. time. Let's get to the important issues of the day, like what Harvey eats and what he doesn't. Oops, sorry more crap that no one cares about.

1719 days ago
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lili    

She's telling the truth. It's not easy to bring this stuff up. It's like the immature teachers who socialize with some students, and give them better grades.

If the climate was that unprofessional, there was NO reason to state anything, because who would pay attention to her, as they were all doing it.

I believe her.

1719 days ago
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Janet    

Sex addict? Has old Dave's wife left him yet?

1719 days ago
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homie 1 kanobe    

Nell, It sounds like your jealous that Dave was dating someone else 20 years ago, and not you. Your claims and Dave's girlfriends claims are totally different. Why is your ugly azz bringing this up 20 years later. Get a freakin' life, or join Glaad

1719 days ago
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justsaying    

The time to talk was when it was happening. But I do understand how you felt. It's called being human to have those feeling that someone else was getting more simply because she opened her legs and dropped her panties. And you're right. This is why superiors should NEVER have sex or play around with a subordinant. It's not just the impropriety, but the appearance of impropriety that also causes the workplace to become hostile.

1719 days ago
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LakerFan    

Thank you for correction of Favortism to Favoritism. Much Better!

1719 days ago
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skhg    

15 mins of fame, now move on. It's over, it's done, and time to move on. Dave's denied nothing, admitted to it, blackmailer will get his day in court, and that's that. Bet it doesn't happen again, and others will now think twice before doing the same. Women are as much to blame as the men in a situation like this. This girl should've said something at the time, if it bothered her that much.

1719 days ago
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OKEEDOKEE!!!    

This was the accusation I was waiting for.
I used to work for a very very well-known health insurance company (Starts with the letter 'B') and this went on all the time.
If you were on your back, you were promised promotion.

1719 days ago
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Speaktruth    

She only worked there for "roughly 5 months" NINETEEN years ago! Which means she was there less than five months and not long enough to know who was "benefiting" from anything. And yet, she felt "demeaned." She must have liked the feeling, because if coming up with this sad tale in a pathetic attempt to glom on to some limelight isn't demeaning, nothing is.

1719 days ago
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MJ    

I can't believe this crap THIS MAN IS HUMAN, SEX IS A BASIC HUMAN NEED, AND HE WASN'T MARRIED WHEN IT HAPPENED. WHERE IS THE STORY HERE??? IT WAS TWO CONSENTING ADULTS, NO NEWS HERE, GET OVER IT!!!

1719 days ago
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