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Talk host 'stalker' pleads guilty

Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien is one of US TV's most popular presenters

A priest accused of stalking US chat show host Conan O'Brien has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a New York court.

Rev David Ajemian was arrested in 2007 trying to enter the studio where Late Night With Conan O'Brien is made.

The 46-year-old called himself one of the presenter's "most dangerous fans" in a letter to O'Brien.

He was ordered to pay a $95 (48) court charge and signed an order telling him to stay way from O'Brien for two years.

Boston priest Ajemian admitted sending letters and DVDs to O'Brien's home and office, as well as to O'Brien's parents.

He described himself as "a stalker of a very different order than the kind you are used to dealing with" in a letter to NBC security officials.

"Is this the way you treat your most dangerous fans?," he said in a letter to O'Brien after flying to New York and trying in vain to get a seat in the studio audience at the Rockefeller Center, where the series is filmed.

"You owe me big time, pal."

David Ajemian
David Ajemian said he hoped to return to ministry duties
Referring to a New York gangster, Ajemian told O'Brien he knew where he lived.

"Remember Frank Costello once dodged a bullet in your building and so can you."

The priest said he hoped to return to ministry duties at the Archdiocese of Boston.

"I recognise what I did was disorderly, and I'm glad the people of New York have accepted that," he said outside court.

Ajemian attended Harvard University at the same time as the presenter, but it is not known whether the two met while there.

The archdiocese said he remained on administrative leave, but declined to give further details, Associated Press reported.

O'Brien, 44, is one of US TV's most well-known faces. A former writer on Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, he joined The Late Show in 1993, and has won five Emmys for the series.

In 2004, Tonight Show host Jay Leno revealed that O'Brien would take his place when he retires next year.


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