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‘Late Show With David Letterman’ ex-intern drops class-action lawsuit

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David Letterman, right, smiles for a selfie with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert on the set of “Late Show with David Letterman” on April 22.
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A former unpaid intern for “Late Show With David Letterman” has dropped her class-action lawsuit against CBS and Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, days after filing the suit.

The suit “is discontinued in its entirety without prejudice,” says the notice of discontinuance filed Wednesday in New York Supreme Court.

Mallory Musallam’s lawsuit, filed on behalf of six years’ worth of unpaid “Late Show” interns, accused the defendants of violating minimum-wage and overtime laws. It alleged that they intentionally minimized labor costs by giving work to unpaid interns instead of having paid employees stay extra hours or hiring additional employees to do it.

As a “Late Show” intern from approximately September through December 2008, Musallam typically worked more than 40 hours a week and did not receive any pay or academic or vocational training, the suit said. Her tasks, it says, included “research for interview material, deliver film clips from libraries, running errands, faxing, scanning, operating the switchboard and other similar duties.”

A CBS spokeswoman declined to comment Wednesday, saying she was “letting the filing speak for itself.”

Musallam and the attorneys representing her could not be reached for comment.

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