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DAVID LETTERMAN NOT TELLING THE WHOLE TRUTH (New twist - Why a Check?)
National Enquirer ^ | Staff

Posted on 10/08/2009 11:26:26 AM PDT by canuck_conservative

The lawyer for Robert Joe Haldeman, the blackmailer accusing of extorting David Letterman says the gap toothed funny man's not telling the full story!

"Here's a guy who is an Emmy Award winning journalist, who has dealt with cops and wiretaps and undercover investigations virtually his entire life," Haldeman's defense attorney Gerald Shargel said today.

Shargel alleged that Letterman wasn't telling the whole story in last week's confessional that he was being blackmailed.

Cops say 48 Hours Mystery producer Haldeman offered to "sell" Letterman a "screenplay treatment" about the comedian's affairs with Late Show staffers including Dave and Haldeman ex Stephanie Birkitt.

In a sting operation, Halderman was busted depositing a check "designed to bounce" at his local bank, prosecutors said.

"There was a $2 million check," Shargel explained further.

"In the history of extortion, I don't think there's been a single case where the alleged extortionist took a check in payment.

"It just doesn't make any sense."

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalenquirer.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: creep; extortion; letterman; sleazeball
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You gotta admit, he's got a point.

(Memo to self: stock up on popcorn this winter)

1 posted on 10/08/2009 11:26:27 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative

“Why a Check?”

Why a duck?


2 posted on 10/08/2009 11:27:37 AM PDT by Buck W. (The President of the United States IS named Schickelgruber...)
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To: canuck_conservative

Maybe Dave goes both ways?


3 posted on 10/08/2009 11:29:58 AM PDT by demsux
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To: Buck W.

Has Bernie Madoff weighed in on this?


4 posted on 10/08/2009 11:30:51 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: Buck W.

No no, they met under a viaduct.


5 posted on 10/08/2009 11:31:56 AM PDT by DManA
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To: canuck_conservative

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The requested URL /celebrity/67448 was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.


6 posted on 10/08/2009 11:32:00 AM PDT by monkeypants (It's a Republic, if you can keep it.)
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To: canuck_conservative

I’m sure he was investigating Letterman for a sensational story to be broadcast later.


7 posted on 10/08/2009 11:32:02 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: canuck_conservative

Wow... it took them a few days to come up with a good story, but if he is able to pull this off (spinning it as a ‘sale’ of a screenplay) he has big brass ones.


8 posted on 10/08/2009 11:32:15 AM PDT by Mr. K (THIS ADMINISTRATION IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT!!!!!)
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To: canuck_conservative

Haldeman who once produced 48 Hours for CBS will soon be doing 48 Years for NYS.


9 posted on 10/08/2009 11:32:20 AM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: canuck_conservative

Because if he was paid by check he could offer this exact lame defense.

It’s sort of like someone “selling” you compromising photos for an exorbitant price. Sorry, the idiots, both of them, are getting what they deserve. Letterman’s wife probably doesn’t deserve this humiliation, but she knew what she was marrying.


10 posted on 10/08/2009 11:32:37 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The People have abdicated our duties; ... and anxiously hope for just two things: bread and circuses)
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To: canuck_conservative

He’ll do better next time.


11 posted on 10/08/2009 11:33:24 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: canuck_conservative

This was the part I couldn’t understand. No idiot would take a check...they’d all demand cash, and usually moved to a Swiss numbered account. Things about this episode don’t add up.

How would you even walk into a bank and try to cash a $2 million check?

But you know....I have this script about a woeful pretender comedian who is having affairs on the side. Would you know anyone interested in buying the script?


12 posted on 10/08/2009 11:33:35 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: canuck_conservative
It's like paying protection to the mob. You're buying "insurance" so something doesn't "happen" to your business.

So the guy "sold" Dave a screenplay for $2 million. Of course he would take a check, declare the money on his income taxes, etc. Otherwise, is he going to try to spend $2 million in cash, and not draw suspicions?

Still ex torsion.

13 posted on 10/08/2009 11:33:45 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Joe Wilson speaks for me.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Ditto (is my opinion also). It was blackmail lightly veiled as a “screenplay sale,” but Dave was meant to understand it as a demand for hush money.


14 posted on 10/08/2009 11:34:16 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: canuck_conservative
Cops say 48 Hours Mystery producer Haldeman offered to "sell" Letterman a "screenplay treatment" about the comedian's affairs with Late Show staffers including Dave and Haldeman ex Stephanie Birkitt.

That's it? That was the "blackmail" threat?

It's this is really true, then Haldeman is going to have an expensive legal fight on his hands -- but unless his jury is full of Letterman fans, he is probably going to walk.

It was dumb, but it wasn't blackmail unless Haldeman expressly threatened to expose Letterman's past.

15 posted on 10/08/2009 11:34:42 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: canuck_conservative

Letterman was buying from him the rights of the screenplay.

Letterman thought it was extortion and this guy thought it was a business deal. Elcheapo decided he didn’t want buy it from Halderman and cries extortion.


16 posted on 10/08/2009 11:35:15 AM PDT by ncfool (Cash for Clunkers - A big failure and Obama and rats want us to trust them with our healthcare!)
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To: canuck_conservative

If it really was a check, it must be drawn from some financial institution. Force bankers to testify. Follow the money.


17 posted on 10/08/2009 11:35:51 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: canuck_conservative
"In the history of extortion, I don't think there's been a single case where the alleged extortionist took a check in payment. "

I read that quote I thought it sounded familiar. Sure enough, I went back and looked and I said almost the exact same thing - Suspect's lawyer: Dave (Letterman) is master of manipulation(post #3) - on Monday...

"Not commenting on the probable guilt or innocence of this guy, but he may very well be the first alleged extortionist in the history of extortion that accepted a check from his mark. Doesn't that seem odd to anyone else?"
I wonder if this guy's attorney reads FreeRepublic.
18 posted on 10/08/2009 11:36:48 AM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: canuck_conservative


Dave was working under cover, this is his costume ...
19 posted on 10/08/2009 11:37:06 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: canuck_conservative
"In the history of extortion, I don't think there's been a single case where the alleged extortionist took a check in payment.

Yes, he does have a point. Very interesting!

20 posted on 10/08/2009 11:37:28 AM PDT by GVnana ("Obama is incredibly naive and grossly egotistical." Sarkozy)
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To: Buck W.

Alright! Why a duck? Why that...why a duck? Why a no chicken?

Well, I don’t know why a no chicken; I’m a stranger here myself. All I know is that it’s a viaduct. You try to cross over there a chicken and you’ll find out why a duck.


21 posted on 10/08/2009 11:38:16 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: canuck_conservative

hahaha thats what i thought.... a check???


22 posted on 10/08/2009 11:40:20 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Vaquero

lol


23 posted on 10/08/2009 11:44:10 AM PDT by Springfield Reformer
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To: Scythian
Is that a recent picture?

Seems like there is a gap in this story.
24 posted on 10/08/2009 11:44:20 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: canuck_conservative
National Enquirer

NUFF SAID!

25 posted on 10/08/2009 11:46:54 AM PDT by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: canuck_conservative

There is more than likely more to the story. I’m waiting for “the rest of the story” to unfold.


26 posted on 10/08/2009 11:48:08 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: justlurking

It was dumb, but it wasn’t blackmail unless Haldeman expressly threatened to expose Letterman’s past.
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Ummmm, wasn’t the “screenplay” exactly that, exposing Letterman’s past (as in the affairs he had with his staffers)?


27 posted on 10/08/2009 11:49:04 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Col Frank Slade
If it really was a check, it must be drawn from some financial institution. Force bankers to testify. Follow the money.

It was a fake check. The cops arrested Haldeman when he tried to deposit it, as it was apparently the "evidence" they wanted to establish intent to commit a crime (blackmail, not fraud).

But, I'm still skeptical. The prosecution is going to have to prove that Haldeman intended to harm Letterman if he didn't buy the "screenplay". Unless he made the threat explicitly, I'm not sure that charge will stick.

Haldeman did do one thing wrong: he reportedly "contacted" Letterman by leaving a package on/in his car. He should have sent it FedEx, if he wanted it to look legit.

28 posted on 10/08/2009 11:49:20 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: canuck_conservative

I wouldn’t believe a thing out of Letterman’s rotten mouth. That man is sick. The screen play sounds closer to the truth and Letterman is trying to spin it out. And if so, then that turd just didn’t care about another human and jail him to save his own a@@. What an a@@. Hope the truth comes out in court.


29 posted on 10/08/2009 11:50:11 AM PDT by Logical me (Oh, well!!!)
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To: canuck_conservative

Doesn’t that offer Halderman plausible deniablity? Better than getting caught with marked bills.

Halderman’s excuse was going to be he actually “sold” the one page screen play to Letterman. That Letterman agreed.

While the story is sure to become more sordid, I cannot imagine a scenario where Letterman is the perp.


30 posted on 10/08/2009 11:51:15 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: dmz

Sure, but he offered it to Dave. If he didn’t explicitly threaten to give it to someone else, did he attempt extortion?


31 posted on 10/08/2009 11:51:17 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: monkeypants

Those 404 errors make me SO mad...madder than a 784 error, for sure.


32 posted on 10/08/2009 11:51:58 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: canuck_conservative; Revolting cat!

A $2,000,000 check bounced. David Letterman’s credit is going to suck.

What’s the penalty for kiting a check that large?


33 posted on 10/08/2009 11:54:22 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: justlurking

Cops helped Letterman in fake check sting operation to nail Haldeman ? And Halderman is ex- boyfriend of Letterman staffer ?

This is gonna get real good —


34 posted on 10/08/2009 11:54:43 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: canuck_conservative

Maybe Dave offered to buy the guy’s script and actually make it a movie.


35 posted on 10/08/2009 11:54:45 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Yo-Yo

Yeah, kind of like the end of The Player. “Am I guaranteed that ending? Then we have a deal.”


36 posted on 10/08/2009 11:56:03 AM PDT by discostu (The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression)
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To: justlurking
tough call. evidently, he told letterman, "i'm giving you first crack at this. if you don't buy it for 2 million, i'll go to another company and sell it."

he was basically telling letterman, "gimme 2 mill or i go to the press."

37 posted on 10/08/2009 11:56:20 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: kabar
Maybe Dave offered to buy the guy’s script and actually make it a movie.

LOL, I just had this image of someone turning the 'screenplay' into a porno.

Who do you suppose would play Dave's part?

38 posted on 10/08/2009 11:57:10 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: thefactor
I don't buy it.

Nobody is stupid enough to accept a CHECK for an extortion payoff, are they?

Something just isn't square in this story.

39 posted on 10/08/2009 11:58:08 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: ncfool
Letterman was buying from him the rights of the screenplay.

Letterman thought it was extortion and this guy thought it was a business deal. Elcheapo decided he didn’t want buy it from Halderman and cries extortion.

That's certainly Halderman's defense. He used his skills in investigative TV journalism to amass a damaging profile of Letterman the goat. It turns out to be a tough sell as a TV expose. So Halderman figures to get paid for his effort he'll "pitch" it to WorldWide Pants. Maybe they'd be "interested"?

It's still extortion even if thinly veiled as a business proposition.

40 posted on 10/08/2009 11:58:42 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Vaquero
The National Enquirer is the investigative publication that uncovered the Edwards story. Don't dismiss the story just because it's from them, imo.
41 posted on 10/08/2009 11:58:47 AM PDT by Fawnn (ObservationalTheraPist.com and CookingWithPam.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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To: thefactor
tough call. evidently, he told letterman, "i'm giving you first crack at this. if you don't buy it for 2 million, i'll go to another company and sell it."

If he said that, then it probably meets the criteria for extortion. I don't know the exact law in New York, but I suspect that rises to the level of "threatening harm or embarrassment".

42 posted on 10/08/2009 11:58:48 AM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: Paladin2

It’s only blackmail if he was promising to keep the story itself (not just the text of the screenplay treatment) silent in exchange for payment.

Meanwhile we STILL do not know who forged the National Guard memos, do we? Was there ever prosecution by the government for the forged officer’s signature?


43 posted on 10/08/2009 11:58:57 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: justlurking

Ron Jeremy?


44 posted on 10/08/2009 12:00:28 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Fawnn

The National Enquirer is run by friend of Bill.

John Edwards was being kept viable by the DNC run presstitutes to keep Hillary in a losing 3 way race for delegates. I doubt that NONE of them knew about his affair. The press has shown they will cover up personal failings. They let Obama continue to lie about his quitting tobacco.


45 posted on 10/08/2009 12:00:47 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: TChris
if you're trying to make it NOT look like extortion then you'd take a check.

"hey judge! why would anyone take a check who was committing extortion?!"

he was trying to make it look like a business deal. depends on the statutes and the ability of his lawyers.

46 posted on 10/08/2009 12:00:57 PM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: justlurking
"Who do you suppose would play Dave's part?"

This guy?


47 posted on 10/08/2009 12:08:39 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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To: presently no screen name
Is that a recent picture?

He grew a beard after his bypass surgery.

48 posted on 10/08/2009 12:12:50 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: canuck_conservative

Yes like there is a reason his wife is hurt....it only ended weeks ago not a long time ago like he made it out to be?


49 posted on 10/08/2009 12:13:59 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: a fool in paradise
The National Enquirer is run by friend of Bill.

I fail to understand the logic of why being a "friend of Bill" discredits the National Enquirer story.

For what reason would Bill find it advantageous to out a crappy lib-friendly comedian?
50 posted on 10/08/2009 12:18:58 PM PDT by Fawnn (ObservationalTheraPist.com and CookingWithPam.com person - Faith makes things possible, not easy.)
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