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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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31.

UGGGGHHH    

bring back LENO to 11:30pm. NBC LOST 40 MIL HIRING CONAN WHO IS NOT FUNNY AT ALL AND HIS RATING A GOING DOWN DOWN DOWN HEADING FOR CANCELLATION SOON .

1703 days ago
32.

Matthew    

The only reason you think this is extortion is because Letterman came out on national TV and TOLD US he was being "extorted." How scared we has (blah blah). Halderman has not even been chharged with extortion yet -- and absolutely nothing has not been proven yet in a court of law and won't be because Halderman only offered to sell Letterman a script. So, what if he cashed the check? He was PAID for the script. Of course he is going to deposit the cash. That means nada! And two million is standard for this type of screenplay.

There is no case for Letterman. Only you dimwits who fell for Letterman's sympathy 'act' on television.

Are some of you really that gullible?! Sheesh!

1703 days ago
33.

jxtr    

It doesn't matter when the affair ended. It's not going to legally help the suspect's case.

1703 days ago
34.

Disgusting    

It matters or he wouldn't have lied. It hurts credibility among other things. Trolls were ranting about how the sexual harassments happened before he was married, like that excuses it. Now what? He lied, but it doesn't matter? People know blackmail is wrong, but Letterman isn't taking responsibility for his own actions

1703 days ago
35.

Stella    

People on this post are idiots taking the criminal blackmailer side. Hmmm, is because you don`t have a sex life of your own?Letterman is not going to prison and his wife decided to stay with him so there.
The only loser is this criminal blackmailer producer.

1703 days ago
36.

vb    

I have been saying from day 1, that Dave's position in the community and his bully pulpit have schewed the way this case has been handled. Nice to know that highly paid lawyer agreed. :)

1703 days ago
37.

Stella    

Ugly as barf Jay Leno and Sara Palin and their fans on this board are all going to be disappointed when the blackmailer is going to jail.
Letterman real fans are delighted that he is The King of late night
while Leno continue to stink at 10pm.
My grandmother watched leno because was easy for her to fall asleep.

1703 days ago
38.

Alan    

I don't like Leno so please let him fall on his face, and don't bring him back

1703 days ago
39.

Larry D. Crumbley    

Hello,
Just when I thought things had kind of slowed down about this "SLEAZY-DOUCHE-BAG" MORON WE GET ANOTHER ROUND SHOT AT US. WILL SOMEBODY PLEASE SEND HIM AWAY FOREVER. We have more important things to worry about in life than this piece of human-crap.



Larry D. Crumbley

1703 days ago
40.

Disgusting    

Letterman's real fans left years ago when the show started stinking. His ratings are better because Leno left and now this gossip. The writing is awful. David Letterman really let down his fans who (wrongly) still held him in high regard over the years even though the show stank. He's unwatchable now. What a phony old creep. People now watch like people who gawk at car accidents. Fake posters stop using women's names as if women are still into him. Women aren't stupid. The show needs to hold on to its female viewers as they are the majority, as usual. If the show really respected its female audience, they would've stopped this denial of female writers, and Letterman would've stopped the on air sexist rantings and workplace harassment.

1703 days ago
41.

marie    

I heard that lettermans wife knew about these affairs even before they married. Letterman lives in my town. Yesterday we noticed a helicopter hovering low for a long time. They were checking out where Letterman lives because there are claims that he was kicked out of his house. I think he just married his wife because of the child. If not he would have never married.

1700 days ago
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