This is great.
The defendant in the David Letterman extortion case is asking serious questions about the legitimacy of extortion as a crime, and he’s drawing smart parallels between his situation and that of alleged Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel.
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 behaviour 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.”
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