Halderman’s Lawyer Invokes Tiger Woods Defense

By Andrew Gauthier 

Associated Press

The TV producer accused of shaking down David Letterman to keep mum about his affairs is drawing on the Tiger Woods sex scandal to try to bolster his defense.

In court papers filed Tuesday, Robert “Joe” Halderman‘s lawyer cited published reports that Woods paid an alleged mistress millions of dollars to stay silent. Attorney Gerald Shargel suggested that since the woman hasn’t been charged with a crime, Halderman shouldn’t be, either.

“Evidence of celebrity misdeeds has a significant fair market value,” lawyer Gerald Shargel wrote. “… Evidence of such misdeeds is routinely suppressed through private business arrangement.”

Halderman has pleaded not guilty to attempted grand larceny in a case that shoved Letterman’s love life into public view. The “Late Show” host stunned viewers in October by abruptly revealing the extortion case and acknowledging he had had affairs with women on his staff. More…

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