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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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31.

mark    

the man may have a point. Of course women usually can ask for money and everybody knows that they do so nobody gets "shocked" by the procedure. Plus he wasn't "directly" involved like women are.
still the point is valid (a tiny one but still), money for silence.
he says "why women can do it and I can't?"

well.. not so easy to answer, indeed.

1571 days ago
32.

mark    

one more thing to consider: not only women usually are directly invokved but they are also (usually) young and pretty in order to get da money. that's another big difference to consider.

1571 days ago
33.

Fubunki PunkChat    

last time I checked Halderman did not have sex with David Letterman, so Halderman comparing himself with Uchitel does not make enough sense under the law.

1571 days ago
34.

Jaimie    

This would be the same if Halderman had slept with Letterman! Plus it would be a far, far more interesting story than another man that sleeps with a half his age woman that works for him.

1570 days ago
35.

DennisH    

Yeah, sure it's a sleazy lawyer trick. Yeah, sure he's a sleazy lawyer, just like Allred and every other sleazeball attorney. But hey, it might work. What have you got to lose?

1568 days ago
36.

John Hanges    

I wonder how long it'll take the judge to stop laughing.

1568 days ago
37.

vb    

Tiger OFFERED the money? And we know this how?

1564 days ago
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