The late-night host is hit with a request by a woman who claims Dave wants to marry her

By Todd Peterson
Updated December 21, 2005 02:00 PM

Attorneys for David Letterman are fighting a temporary restraining order leveled at the Late Show host by a New Mexico woman who claimed that Letterman wants to marry her and employ her as a co-host.

In a request filed Dec. 15, Colleen Nestler of Santa Fe claimed that Letterman has used code words to express his desire to marry her and train her as a host on his show. Nestler said Letterman has forced her to go bankrupt and caused her “sleep deprivation” and “mental anguish” since 1994, the Associated Press reports.

Nestler’s temporary order, which she is trying to have made permanent, states that Letterman must stay at least three yards away from her and not “think of me, and release me from his mental harassment and hammering.”

A state judge granted the temporary order, but attorneys for Letterman are seeking to have the order quashed.

“Celebrities deserve protection of their reputation and legal rights when the occasional fan becomes dangerous or deluded,” Albuquerque attorney Pat Rogers wrote of the motion.

Included with Nestler’s application for the order was a six-page typed letter in which the woman claimed that Letterman relied on code words, gestures and “eye expressions” to communicate with her, AP reports.

Nestler said that she began sending the late-night host “thoughts of love” in 1993, and that he responded with his code words and gestures.

Jim Jackoway, a longtime attorney for Letterman, called the woman’s claims “obviously absurd and frivolous.”

Nestler wouldn’t comment on her request for the permanent order, but she told the AP: “I pray to God I get it.”

The judge set a Jan. 12 date for the hearing on the permanent restraining order.