Television producer Robert Halderman has admitted to trying to extort money from David Letterman.
Halderman stood in front of New York State Supreme Court and agreed to a plea bargain – he will serve six months in jail and have to carry out 1000 hours of community service.
CNN report “the 27-year CBS veteran had initially been charged with first-degree attempted grand larceny, to which he pleaded not guilty in October. He could have faced 15 years in prison if convicted on the charge”. Halderman will be formally sentenced in May.
Robert Halderman is the former producer for CBS series 48 Hours Mystery and Letterman revealed in October last year – during a taping of the Late Show – how he had tried to blackmail Dave into paying him $2 million in return for keeping his sex flings with Late Show staff secret.
BBC News say “in a statement to the court, the former producer apologised to both Mr Letterman and his family and acknowledged that he had delivered a threat, in the form of a script idea, to the chat show host’s driver” – Halderman went on to say “this so-called treatment was just a thinly veiled threat to ruin Mr Letterman if he did not pay me a lot of money”.