Letterman Extortion Suspect Dodges Trial, Pleads Guilty

The TV producer accused of attempting to extort talk show host David Letterman for millions in exchange to keep silent the comic’s sexual affairs, pleaded guilty Tuesday to grand larceny charges.

Robert “Joe” Halderman reportedly pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree grand larceny in a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday afternoon. He is expected to be sentenced to six months in jail and 1,000 hours of community service.

In October 2009, Halderman was accused of demanding $2 million to keep quiet about Letterman’s love life. The case spurred the late-night TV icon to tell viewers last fall he’d had affairs with women on his staff.

Halderman, who will be sentenced on May 4, apologized to Letterman and his family during Tuesday’s court appearance.

“I feel remorseful for what I have done,” he said.

The 52-year-old Halderman is a producer for CBS’ “48 Hours Mystery.”


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