Skip to comments.DAVID LETTERMAN NOT TELLING THE WHOLE TRUTH (New twist - Why a Check?)
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 ...
(Memo to self: stock up on popcorn this winter)
“Why a Check?”
Why a duck?
Maybe Dave goes both ways?
Has Bernie Madoff weighed in on this?
No no, they met under a viaduct.
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I’m sure he was investigating Letterman for a sensational story to be broadcast later.
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.
Haldeman who once produced 48 Hours for CBS will soon be doing 48 Years for NYS.
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.
He’ll do better next time.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
If it really was a check, it must be drawn from some financial institution. Force bankers to testify. Follow the money.
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.
Yes, he does have a point. Very interesting!
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.
hahaha thats what i thought.... a check???
There is more than likely more to the story. I’m waiting for “the rest of the story” to unfold.
It was dumb, but it wasn’t blackmail unless Haldeman expressly threatened to expose Letterman’s past.
Ummmm, wasn’t the “screenplay” exactly that, exposing Letterman’s past (as in the affairs he had with his staffers)?
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.
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.
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.
Sure, but he offered it to Dave. If he didn’t explicitly threaten to give it to someone else, did he attempt extortion?
Those 404 errors make me SO mad...madder than a 784 error, for sure.
A $2,000,000 check bounced. David Letterman’s credit is going to suck.
What’s the penalty for kiting a check that large?
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 —
Maybe Dave offered to buy the guy’s script and actually make it a movie.
Yeah, kind of like the end of The Player. “Am I guaranteed that ending? Then we have a deal.”
he was basically telling letterman, "gimme 2 mill or i go to the press."
LOL, I just had this image of someone turning the 'screenplay' into a porno.
Who do you suppose would play Dave's part?
Nobody is stupid enough to accept a CHECK for an extortion payoff, are they?
Something just isn't square in this story.
Letterman thought it was extortion and this guy thought it was a business deal. Elcheapo decided he didnt 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.
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".
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?
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.
"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.
He grew a beard after his bypass surgery.
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?