TV Producer Pleads Guilty in Letterman Extortion Case
The producer who was accused of blackmailing late night show host David Letterman pleaded guilty for a grand larceny case in a deal to shorten his prison term.
Robert “Joe” Halderman, who initially pleaded not guilty, would be serving six months in prison, four and a half years of probation and 1000 hours of community service where 500 of which will be allotted for a Connecticut homeless center. If he had not agreed to enter the plea and was convicted, he would have served 15 years in jail.
The Emmy award winning producer from CBS News apologized to Letterman and his family at the New York State Supreme Court. He admitted to the judge that on September 2009, he attempted to extort 2 million dollars in exchange for not revealing his extra-marital affairs to the public.
Letterman was prompted to personally admit the affairs over the air.
Halderman will be sentenced on May 4 after he waived his right to appeal.