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Dave's Accused Extortionist is All Business

11/11/2009 11:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David Letterman was offered $2 million for the "screenplay" of accused extortionist Robert Halderman, and all the stuff about sexual impropriety is the reason the treatment went at a premium price -- this according to a new interview by Halderman's lawyer.

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Attorney Gerald Shargel was on "The Early Show" this AM, saying he was giving Dave the right of first refusal for the proposal. Shargel says it's a business transaction -- the way Hollywood works.

So the question ....

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carol    

Absolutely that lawyer SHOULD USE THAT ARGUMENT IN COURT - it will guarantee Letterman's win courtesy of Gerald Shargel - something like handing Letterman his win on a SILVER PLATTER.

1777 days ago
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T.T.    

Lookalikes: Jo Halderman=Barney Frank.

You could also include this under, "Who'd You Rather?"

1777 days ago
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joe    

Basically, the case boils down to the same scenario from Altman's 'The Player'. I say let him off the hook with a public bwitch slap.

1777 days ago
4.

shuffler    


Money and love.
Power.
After-hours romps.
The illicit sharing of a Birkitt.
The diary that holds the unspeakable truth.

Coming soon to cinemas worldwide.


I'd pay to see that (?)

1777 days ago
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Chappaquiddick    

Aha! So THAT'S how Hollywood "works"!

1) Sneek a peek into your lover's diary, without his/her knowledge or permission

2) Write a "screenplay" about the information gained from illicit reading of diary regarding a famous personality who happens to be your lover's ex

3) Place "screenplay" into the car of famous personality without their knowledge or permission, along with $2,000,000.00 bill of sale for the screenplay

4) Go home and comfortably await your check from famous personality for $2,000,000.00

And that, kids, is how Hollywood works.

1777 days ago
6.

Mikey    

That da way hollywood work! He a bidness man!

1777 days ago
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astrophysicist    

No, of course I'm not buying it. However, Letterman's dweeb a** has deserved a liberal dose of comeuppance for a long time. BWAH!HAHAHAHA! I recommend reading the book and/or watching the made-for-t.v. movie which showcases Letterman's uptight, narcissistic, paranoid and insecure personality: "The Late Shift". Letterman hated it so much, he in invited the writer of the book to be on his show and then as the writer sat in the greenroom waiting for his guest-appearance, Letterman "ran out of time" and "hoped" he'd come back.. he was never invited back.

1777 days ago
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D. Sullivan    

Even if he had legitimate "intellectual property" to sell as his lawyer has said was what he was "selling" to Letterman, you still cannot bully someone with timelines to buy it, giving them ultimatums like your life will be ruined if you don't purchase it from me. That's blackmail.

1777 days ago
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hoocheekoo    

Letterman and Halderman deserve each other. I don't have any respect for either one of them.

1777 days ago
10.

???????????????????????    

TO ALL THOSE THAT CONDONE WHAT DAVID LETTERMAN DID ARE JUST STUPID JERKS....HES A SERIAL CHEATER...HAS NO RESPECT FOR HIS WIFE AND KIDS...JUST RESPECT FOR WHATS IN HIS PANTS AND HOW TO MANIPULATE FEMALES THAT ARE EMPLOYED BY HIM...HES A DOG...A SKANK...A PIECE OF DOG DOO-DOO. I HOPE HIS WIFE DIVORCES HIM AND TAKES THIS GAP TOOTHED (P) RICK TO THE CLEANERS, HE IS AS VILKE AS THAT SLEAZE JOE JACKSON!

1777 days ago
11.

Mark    

Incoming posts by bitter women that are upset that they can't keep a boyfriend for longer than a week.

1777 days ago
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R.U. Serious    

Yeah, that's the ticket. it was a script and I was negotiating. did I forget to mention that before.
Silly Rabbit

1777 days ago
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kb    

i think both sides are right, thats the way hollywood works, and its extortion

1777 days ago
14.

Ginger    

Why are his eyes red? Very demonic...lol...maybe his true colors.

1777 days ago
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lena    

it's pathetic and funny at the same time. anyone with any knowledge of how business is done knows this isn't the way. it's just ludicrous...

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