Wednesday, December 21, 2005

It can only happen to Dave

This I found a humorus read today. I had to post it. Poor Dave.

I read it on E-online


Letterman Restrained by Tormented Fan

by Sarah Hall
Dec 21, 2005, 3:00 PM PT

David Letterman has been temporarily restrained by a woman who believes that he torments her over the airwaves using a secret code.

New Mexico resident Colleen Nestler filed court documents late last week, alleging that Letterman has been using code words, gestures and "eye expressions" for more than 10 years to convey his desire to marry her and train her as his cohost.

As a result of Letterman's alleged methods of torture, Nestler claims she has suffered from "mental cruelty" and "sleep deprivation," and has been forced into bankruptcy.

She was granted a temporary restraining order by Santa Fe District Judge Daniel Sanchez, who signed off on her application and set a Jan. 12 court date to determine whether to make the order permanent.

In her six-page letter to the court, Nestler requested that Letterman stay at least three yards away from her and that he not "think of me, and release me from his mental harassment and hammering."

Letterman's lawyers have claimed Nestler's complaints are "without merit" and have asked Sanchez to quash the order.

"The claims made are obviously absurd and frivolous," Jim Jackoway, Letterman?s attorney in Los Angeles, told the New Mexican. "This constitutes an unfortunate abuse of the judicial process."

Albuquerque attorney Pat Rogers contended that the Santa Fe District Court lacked jurisdiction over Letterman, that Nestler never served Letterman with restraining order papers and that she failed to follow other procedural requirements.

It's unclear from Nestler's complaint when her "relationship" with Letterman began to sour.

In her letter to the court, she claims she began sending Letterman "thoughts of love" after he began hosting The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS in 1993.

"Dave responded to my thoughts of love, and, on his show, in code words & obvious indications through jestures [sic] and eye expressions, he asked me to come east," she wrote.

Letterman upped the ante, she claimed, when he asked her to be his wife shortly before Thanksgiving in 1993.

In a teaser for his show, Letterman jokingly said, "Marry Me, Oprah," which Nestler rapidly deduced was a message intended for her.

"Oprah had become my first of many code names," she wrote. "...[A]s time passed, the code-vocabulary increased & changed, but in the beginning things like 'C' on baseball caps referred to me, and specific messages through songs sung by his guests, were the beginnings of what became an elaborate means of communication between he and myself."

Nestler did not reveal why she waited for so many years to take action against her tormenter. (We're guessing she was motivated by the recent revelation that she's not the only woman Letterman calls Oprah.)

She told the Associated Press Wednesday that she had no comment regarding her pending request for a permanent restraining order, other than "I pray to God I get it."

It's not the first time Letterman has had to deal with a fan gone wrong.

Earlier this year, house painter Kelly Frank, who had been hired to do some touchups at the late night host's Montana ranch, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison for his involvement in a plot to kidnap Letterman's infant son.

Letterman was also stalked for years by obsessed fan Margaret Ray, who broke into his home repeatedly, stole his car and was known to introduce herself as "Mrs. David Letterman."

Ray served 10 months in prison and 14 months in a mental institution on Letterman-related charges. In 1998, she committed suicide by kneeling in front of an oncoming train.

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