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Letterman Defendant Uses Tiger Defense

12/29/2009 5:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The guy who allegedly masterminded an extortion plot against David Letterman is now using the Tiger Woods scandal as precedent to get the charges against him thrown out ..according to new documents obtained by TMZ.

David Letterman Defendant Uses Tiger Woods' Defense

Robert Halderman's lawyer, Gerald Shargel, filed legal papers asking that the charges against his client be dismissed. In the papers, Shargel notes that when news of Tiger's infidelity surfaced, Mistress #1, Rachel Uchitel, reportedly inked a multi-million dollar settlement in return for her silence -- with the help of Gloria Allred.

Shargel notes, "Their behavior was capitalist, not criminal."

Halderman's lawyer says his client essentially just "offered to sell his very marketable story to David Letterman." Shargel says that celebrity misdeeds have "significant fair market value" and they are "routinely suppressed through private business arrangements."

Shargel's point -- Rachel and Gloria didn't get prosecuted, so why should Halderman?


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Haldeman is a real schmuck, and guilty as hell. It will all come out at trial, what a stupid extortion attempt!

1758 days ago

What an idiot lawyer. Robert Halderman didn't sleep with Letterman -- he tried to blackmail him. 2 wrongs don't make a right. Just because not all doubled-parked cars don't get a traffic ticket, doesn't mean no cars should get a parking ticket.

1758 days ago


TMZ, you just knew i was looking for some news on Tiger and Letterman - give me a break.

1758 days ago


Did this attorney ever think that it was Tiger who initiated the Hush Money!!!!!!!!! Yesterday they are angling for a plea, today its capitalistic to extort someone. Dude should get a new attorney right now!!!!

1758 days ago


With the twit he's got for a lawyer, this dude is toast

1758 days ago


the difference is Rach gave head, now she's been paid off.

1758 days ago


But Rachel (and Gloria) were probably wise enough to not
say "Give us money or we'll talk.

Tiger voluntarily gave Rachel money
and Gloria wrote up the deal.

1758 days ago


It must be driving the paps crazy that no one can get a picture of Tiger....He's hiding out really good. One web site is saying he was at a party with his # 1 mistress, do they think the public is dumb enough to think he would be at a party with 300 people & no one would take a picture? Why would he be with that ho when she opened her big mouth , remember " Hi its Tiger" then he paid her off real fast so she wouldn't say anymore. He'll be seen when & only when he wants too. He's a jerk, but he's not going to let anyone get his picture.

1758 days ago


Unless he's a time traveler he can't go back and un-extort money from letterman.

1758 days ago


The Tiger defense? More like the 21st century's Twinkie Defense. ;)

1758 days ago

Kate C    

If the deal went down, Tiger OFFERED the money, a voluntary CHOICE made without request made in advance. Had it been demanded by Gloria, then we'd be talking about alleged extortion by Mistress #1. I'm sure Gloria schooled her girl correctly on that before they hit the table.

When it's ASKED for in lieu of a 'tell all'...that's extortion. Perhaps his attorney should go back to school and reread the chapter on what constitutes extortion.


1758 days ago


Letterman made up the extortion attempt to make himself look like a victim.

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1758 days ago

dr cyclops    

tiger offered me 10 million to keep quiet about our affair but i just couldnt keep my mouth shut ooops sorry tiger

1758 days ago

betty - lol on the appropriateness of the name. Twit is appropriate for many involved in the Tiger mess, and I'm not referring to Twitter!

1758 days ago
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