Former 'Late Show With David Letterman' Intern Drops Class Action Lawsuit
Earlier this week, a former intern for "Late Show with David Letterman" made headlines when she filed a class action suit on behalf of her unpaid peers. But now, just days later, she's dropped the suit and issued a public apology.
The New York Daily News shared a letter the former intern, Mallory Musallam, wrote to her old boss: "Dear Mr. Letterman; I am retracting my participation in the class action lawsuit unfairly waged against you."
According to the Daily News, Musallam said that she was coerced into filing the suit by a "beguiling legion of lawsuit-hungry attorneys," who approached her on LinkedIn after noticing her high-profile internship.While Musallam allegedly considered her tenure at the Late Show a "flagship of her achievement," the lawyers were eager to convince her that she'd been the production equivalent of an indentured servant. The suit said that Musallam worked over 40 hours a week--unpaid--"running errands, faxing, scanning, operating the switchboard, and other similar duties," as well as researching interview material and delivering film clips.
The lawsuit sought unspecified damages for six years' worth of unpaid Late Show interns--an estimated over 100 people--charging the show's producers, CBS and Worldwide Pants, with violations of minimum wage and overtime laws. But a notice filed Wednesday in New York Supreme Court now lists the suit as "discontinued in its entirety without prejudice."
"While I am ultimately responsible for my actions as an adult, I was caught in a weak vulnerable time, facing student debt," Musallam wrote. "I was by no means looking for a trap door out by exploiting your established organization and I cannot apologize enough for this debacle. I do not believe in getting something for nothing - that's not how I was raised."
In a statement, a CBS representative said that the apology and letter spoke for themselves. Musallam and her former attorney, Lloyd Ambinder, could not be reached for comment.