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Letterman Lied About Ending Affair -- Allegedly

11/10/2009 3:37 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David Letterman was having an affair with his former personal assistant way more recently than David's rep had us believing -- according to documents filed by the alleged extortionist's lawyer.

According to legal papers filed today by the defense, Robert Halderman confronted Stephanie Birkitt in December 2008 with evidence of the affair and she promised to end it. But Gerald Shargel, Halderman's lawyer, claims the relationship continued "unabated" into this past summer.

Letterman's rep has said the affair ended before Letterman's marriage in March. Dave blew the whistle on the alleged extortion plot in early September.

Today Letterman's lawyer refused to say when the talk show host broke off his affair with Birkitt. Halderman's lawyer was coy outside court about the Letterman/Birkitt relationship and said we'll be hearing a lot more about this.

In court papers filed today, Halderman's lawyer asked the judge to dismiss the extortion case, on grounds authorities were swept up in "the sensationalism surrounding the indictment" and the grand jury didn't have enough evidence to target Halderman.

The lawyer claims the $2 million demand was "a pure commercial transaction" over a screenplay.

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thats right    

letterman's a pig. i hope his wife leaves him, takes the kid, makes him pay a lot in support, and i also hope he loses his show. what a douche.

1771 days ago
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gene yuss    

this story has hit the wall . we know everything there is to know. drop it

1771 days ago
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wiseOne    

The lawyer is extorting too. Threatening to reveal more personal stuff unless the case is dismissed is the same as blackmail.

1771 days ago
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Mikey    

I don't think they had videotape or film when he was 17. Maybe he made one of those paper flip cards?

1771 days ago
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hahahaha!    

I hear he's the one who filmed and released Carrie's diddle video to keep the heat off his sleazy butt !

1771 days ago
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Matthew    

THERE IS NO CASE. This will be dropped. Letterman is a douche bag, a liar and was having this affair while married. There is not enough evidence to convict Halderman for extortion. He was selling a screenplay about Letterman's life which should have been worth at least 2 million. I would have liked to have seen that movie made, with Letterman promising work and gags on his show to interns who hd sex with him, in the office. LOL. Meanwhile the only thing Letterman was trying to gag them with was his shriveled willie. What a gas this trial will be!! Letterman on the stand sweating and stammering as interns are paraded on the stand too... priceless!!!

1771 days ago
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Tiffany    

Letterman was the one who cried "extortion" remember? Then, he went on his show and admitted in his smary way, "I had sex with interns."
And they audience actually laughed?!?!

Letterman caused this all to go down! He cheated on his wife (yes they were married when he was having the affair as you'll soon see) with another man's live in girlfriend. Letterman knew that Helderman had him by the balls, so Letterman went to his lawyers and they decided to cry 'extortion' to throw off the dogs and make Letterman the 'victim.' And you're falling for it folks!! Letterman should have a top ten list of why this was not really extortion. LOL!

1771 days ago
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danica    

Oh snap!

1771 days ago
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Old Enough    

If it's true that the DA's office was involved in the set up for giving the check over to Halderman then they have a case.

I want to know how many suspects in any case don't want the charges dropped. I have a feeling the percentage is very very low maybe even zero. So of course Halderman's attorney's going to ask that the case be dropped.

Whether or not Letterman having an affair with an employee isn't what is on trial here. It's 2 separate issues.

1771 days ago
10.

Laughing    

Come on folks.... get real! It doesn't matter if Letterman is still having an affair with this girl. It's not against the law and it doesn't give anybody the right to blackmail him over it. You may not like the morals of it but that's another story. And for those of you who are calling for his dismissal you make me laugh. If all the people in this country were fired for having an affair in the workplace the line could stretch around the world. There wouldn't be a soul left in Hollywood or the entertainment business either so get ready to watch reruns.

1771 days ago
11.

Man    

LETTERMAN IS A BOSS THAT HAS TAKEN SEXUAL ADVANTAGE OF HIS POSITION OF AUTHORITY OVER HIS FEMALE SUBORDINATES, I WONDER IF & WHEN THE STORY WILL SURFACE THAT THIS SAME THING OCCURED WITH ANY MALE SUBORDINATES??

1771 days ago
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There is no such thing as reality tv    

I don't get this guy's appeal at all. And I don't believe he did end the affair when he said he did.

1771 days ago
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romil4    

8. Letterman should be fired. Not because he sleeps with his staff, not because he's ugly and old, not because he's cranky, not because he's arrogant, but because he is BORING as hell. I've tried watching his dumb show but I just want to barf watching that phoney baloney Letterman. Yuck!
Posted at 2:11PM on Nov 10th 2009 by Letterman is Creepy

I agree & stopped watching Letterman years ago. Just didn't see anything funny about throwing "things" from a tall building just to see them splatter on the ground. True, the cordoned off the area for the public's safety, but this was assinine & he is an idiot.



1771 days ago
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realitybaby    

not for NOTHING BUT - seems like an easy way for Dave to get rid of the "OTHER GUY" and keep the "girl" on the side.

1771 days ago
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Disgusting    

#11, it wasn't an "affair in the workplace" It was a pattern of sexual misconduct and harassment between old powerful boss and young interns/low level staff. His behavior was a form of extortion. If you don't accept his advances, you don't advance.

Many shows manage to be on the air without the boss doing the young staff. Even talk show hosts

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