Letterman Extortionist Conjures 'Tiger Defense'

Why can't Halderman clean up the way Woods' galpals did?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2009 7:07 AM CST
In this Oct. 2, 2009 file photo, Robert J. Halderman appears in State Supreme Court in New York.   (AP Photo/Pool, Steve Hirsch, File)
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(Newser) – David Letterman’s accused extortionist came up with a novel way to use the Tiger Woods scandal to his advantage. In court documents filed yesterday, Robert Halderman’s attorney used the “If Tiger Woods’ mistresses can be paid off without going to jail, why can’t I?” defense. After all, he says, “evidence of celebrity misdeeds has a significant fair market value” and is “routinely suppressed through private business arrangement,” PopEater reports.

Halderman was just trying to sell his “very marketable story,” his lawyer continues—but Gloria Allred, lawyer for alleged Woods mistress No. 1, Rachel Uchitel, begs to differ. She tells TMZ that Halderman’s attorney “should spend his time representing his client based solely on the facts of his case, rather than comparing it to other matters of which he has no personal knowledge.”

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