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Associated Press / October 6, 2009

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A CBS producer accused of blackmailing David Letterman used pages from a former assistant’s diary that described an affair with the “Late Night’’ host, a law enforcement official confirmed yesterday. Stephanie Birkitt, 34, works on the show and lived in Norwalk, Conn., with Robert Halderman until August. Halderman copied parts of Birkitt’s diary and tried to use it as blackmail fodder, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Halderman pleaded not guilty last week to attempted first-degree grand larceny in the $2 million plot.

Arrest in video case
An insurance executive accused of secretly making nude videos of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews apparently uploaded videos of other unsuspecting nude women to the Internet, a federal prosecutor said yesterday. Michael D. Barrett, 47, was ordered released on $4,500 bond and is due in US District Court in Los Angeles on Oct. 23 to face federal charges of interstate stalking. The videos were shot through a door peephole, the prosecutor said.

Rapper pleads guilty
Rapper Jim Jones pleaded guilty yesterday to assault in a scuffle with Jayvon Smith, a friend of Ne-Yo’s, as the R&B crooner looked on at a Louis Vuitton store in New York City in December. Jones was sentenced to time served - the few hours he was in custody after turning himself in to police in January.

Method Man nabbed
Rapper Method Man was arrested yesterday in New York on felony charges for failing to pay $33,000 in taxes. The 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Smith, turned himself in.

Clothes call
"I really appreciate everything that goes into, like, any article of clothing." -- Lindsay Lohan, explaining how she came to be the artistic adviser to the Emanuel Ungaro fashion house

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