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Letterman Lied About Ending Affair -- Allegedly

11/10/2009 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David Letterman was having an affair with his former personal assistant way more recently than Dave 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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Dr. Murray and Michael JacksonDr. Conrad Murray was on the phone with his girlfriend as Michael Jackson was dying ... sources connected to the case tell TMZ.

We've learned Dr. Murray was on a cell phone with his girlfriend from Houston between 12:03 and 12:13 PM on June 25, 2009 -- the day Jackson died.

Sources say the girlfriend told LAPD detectives about 5 minutes into the call, she heard Dr. Murray abruptly drop the phone and then heard him administer CPR. The girlfriend said there was no indication Dr. Murray knew anything was amiss before dropping the telephone.

Sources say the girlfriend does not know if Murray was in the room with Jackson when he called her or if he walked in just before realizing MJ was in deep trouble.

The bodyguard called 911 at 12:21 PM, approximately 13 minutes after Dr. Murray dropped the phone.

It has been widely reported Dr. Murray was on the phone for 47 minutes before calling 911. It appears those calls were actually made before Dr. Murray realized Jackson was in distress.

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bma jdw    

David Letterwoman IS NOT EVEN FUNNY, BUT HE IS A JOKE, AND AN IDIOT, bad times are coming PREPARE!

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So, according to this idiot, if I think that Nordstrom's is not being honest about the quality of its merchandise, I can rob one of their cashiers at gunpoint. I don't care if Letterman lied through his teeth about when the affair ended. What on earth does that have to do with this jerk's effort at extortion? Oh, right.. it was a commercial transaction over a screenplay or whatever. This guy is desperate.

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OMG! Can we just butt out of David Letterman's business?!? Lots of people have affairs! I bet someone on my own block has had an affair. SO WHAT? If YOU had an affair would you want the reporters at your door asking you question about it? Leave the poor man alone to fix his mistakes in his life in his own way without the media blowing it all out of proportion. Nobody is perfect and as long as he wasn't cheating on YOU, what business is it of your's anyway?!?

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letterman is an angry liberal ahole...i love that all the bad vibes he gave out over the past year about sarah palin and her kids are now coming back to bite him in his ass!!! stupid unfunny nasty jerk...go retire cheater!!!!

1786 days ago

Judy Garwood    

Why aren't you shutting him up with a lawsuit for defamation of character. If that idioot keeps this up it could damage not just your marriage and your reputation but maybe put your job in trouble. Stop him now. Isn't there such a thing as a "Shut Up" order??

1786 days ago

Dog Man    

WHO CARES?????? Unless she gave him aids I don't want to hear about it! This jerk can't carry Jay Leno's jock strap, anyway!

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To the idiot who said "he is no EXAMPLE for the younger generation" Duh, what lightbulb wattage are you? He is not supposed to be an "axample" he is part of the media...none of them are supposed to be "examples" Look at TV stars, celebrities, movie stars, sports stars, musicians....since when are any of them who are money grubbing whores for public attention supposed to be an "example" for young people? If any of these people are supposed to be an example for youth you have set your sights on the wrong things to influence youth.
I havent watched in years but tuned in a few weeks and and he is hilarious IF you have a dry cynical sense of humor. Yes, people do, you just dont' get it maybe. I couldn't care less if he is still banging her over his desk right now. I dont tell my kids, "this should be your hero and strive to be like him." Another thing my kids are in bed way before 11:30 and probably wouldnt even know who he is.

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why dont the leave letterman alone , he is not the only one who had an affair ,, big deal, its getting very boring to hear about his affair , not interesting , he is a good talk show host and i like his show a lot , and why make such big deal out of that ,he is no mr, america ,he couldent get at home what he wanted so he got himself another woman , no big deal , everyone should just leave him alone ,

1786 days ago

David Miller    

Why in hell is David Lettermen a target for moronic audiences out there when this creep broke the law and blackmailed him? BLACKMAIL YOU MORONS! Who cares if Letterman had an affair, THAT'S LIFE! What's truly despicable is this creep's attempt to extort money from Letterman. Jesus, what's wrong with the perception out there? It's this criminal who should be tarfeted not David Letterman.

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Re: Letterman.... It doesn't matter if David slept with every woman who works for him and then lied about it later... it doesn't get this clown off the hook for for trying EXTORT 2 million bucks from Letterman. Now, the dimwit has opened himself up to slander and liable lawsuits as well. There is no law against cheating on your spouse, there is no law against sleeping with co-workers, as long as they consent, which in Letterman's case.. she did. This is a slam dunk for Letterman.

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No matter how sick, twisted and ugly you are some people will watch you.........Letterman, Rosie, Roseann, Ellen, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Mathews to name a few sick twisted people

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If Bill Clinton can have sex in the White House and be married the
entire time he was President and affairs before that and keep his job. Why are worried about Dave Letterman? He is not running anything but his own life, definitely, not our country. Leave
him alone, already.

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