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October 2, 2009

Letterman's alleged extortionist could face 15 years

Posted: 03:34 PM ET

Editor's Note: For the latest on the alleged extortion plot against David Letterman, watch Larry King Live tonight at 9pmET/6pmPT.

By Gil Kaufman via MTV.com

art_david_letterman_cbsThe Manhattan district attorney has identified the man at the center of an alleged $2 million extortion plot against David Letterman. During a press conference on Friday morning, DA Robert Morgenthau said CBS News producer Robert "Joe" Halderman, who works for "48 Hours," has been charged with the crime of attempted grand larceny for an extortion plot that allegedly took place between September 9 and September 30.

According to Morgenthau, Halderman waited outside Letterman's New York apartment on the morning of September 9, hoping to give him a package and saying he needed a "large chunk of money" in exchange. The package allegedly contained a screenplay treatment Halderman was planning to sell that outlined Letterman's various liaisons with staffers on his show. Halderman is alleged to have threatened that the late-night host's life was about to "collapse" around him if the news got out.

People magazine reported that the one-page treatment mentioned Letterman's 6-year-old "beautiful, loving son," Harry, and referred to "ruined reputation and severe damage to [Letterman's] professional and family lives." After handing off the package, Halderman allegedly said he would contact Letterman at 8 a.m. to further discuss the matter. Letterman immediately called his lawyer, who met with Halderman at the Essex Hotel on September 15, when Halderman allegedly tried to extort $2 million from Letterman in exchange for keeping the news of the affairs quiet.

TMZ reported that Halderman held three meetings with Letterman's lawyers at the Essex Hotel — the last two of which were recorded — and that at the third one, Halderman was given a phony $2 million check. He was arrested on Thursday morning while trying to cash the check.

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dak   October 2nd, 2009 3:42 pm ET

sex sells


alex lyics   October 2nd, 2009 3:47 pm ET

Letterman was having those heart attacks from using viagra on the job????????//

lol perhaps

no wonder


ckelly   October 2nd, 2009 4:01 pm ET

Just when you thought that entertainment news couldn't get any stranger.


Omar bin Yaroof   October 2nd, 2009 4:40 pm ET

How awful. So Awful.


Tony   October 2nd, 2009 6:56 pm ET

This Halderman guy has financial problems so he decides to shake down a celeb for a couple mil. Wow, guess those financial problems just got a whole lot worse.

This recession/depression is causing the good to rise and the bad to sink. Very interesting to watch.


foofey23   October 2nd, 2009 8:46 pm ET

This is an incredible story. Supposedly intelligent and respected news producer hatches idiotic amateurish extortion plot. Tries to cash 2 million dollar check and gets busted, evidence of extortion plot on video. Not even a good storyline for a Grade D Hollywood movie. And certainly not worthy of a "48 Hours" investigation. Unless they are investigating stupid extortion plots. Or maybe such a story could be on TruTV's "Dumbest Criminals."


David Dombrowski   October 2nd, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Letterman did the right thing. I hope his family does not suffer.


Rocketwoman   October 2nd, 2009 9:11 pm ET

From now on when it comes to jokes or attacks on Sarah Palin,her family, or other women he will look in the mirror first.


BONNIE   October 2nd, 2009 9:15 pm ET

I think that Letterman is making light of the situation, and covering his rear by coming forward before it was made public, as usual. He's a hypocrite for speaking the way he did about Sarah Palin's daughter at the game...I stopped watching him then..he is not funny at all.


sandy   October 2nd, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Gee!!! I just hope he took off those white socks!


agnes robertson   October 2nd, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Letterman's power equals his unabashed arrogance.


Lynn Trosclair   October 2nd, 2009 9:26 pm ET

David we still Love You, one can not look in the mirror and think they are perfect , may not have done the same, The women are just as guilty


Norma Labno   October 2nd, 2009 9:30 pm ET

010/02/09

Of Course David Letterman is no angel BUT in this case he is the
victim of workplace violence, BLACKMAIL, in a nation in which
violence is pervasive!

I applaud David Letterman for not submitting himself, his co-workers,
and most importantly, HIS FAMILY, to blackmail!

Mr. Letterman is NOT a politician (an elected official) nor does he
EVER purport to be a role model.

Again, I applaud David Letterman for taking steps to stop what could
possibly have been violence of unknown proportions to all involved.

I unequivocably support David Letterman!

norma from nv


micki   October 2nd, 2009 9:35 pm ET

I have watched David for years. I respect him for handeling the way he did! HE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sally Mays   October 2nd, 2009 9:39 pm ET

I don't understand all of this interest in Letterman's sex life. It's nobody's business. He did exactly what he should have done by going to the police. He also took the wind out of the media's sail by telling his audience what happened.


m mcleod   October 2nd, 2009 9:44 pm ET

No one in America is oerfect. We have all had an eye opening year. David Letterman stood up and took responsibility for hos past. That does not excuse any past bad behavior but it does show that he lives with a conscience and knows his mistakes. People do make mistakes. We all have, whether it be about relationships,investments, careers or whatever. The point is, arfen't there more impt matters to be concerned with than someone trying to ruin someone by smearing their reputation and blackmailing them. We should be more concerbed with the blackmailers motives. I have added respect for David Letterman. Last but not least, it takes two to tango.let's move on America! We have other more impt matters to be concernewd with!


marianne birarelli   October 2nd, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Dave handled this situation in a manner that is not too familiar to most...honesty. So far it appears the relationships were mutual decisions with no hostility..where's the story here? The story here is with
the extortionist who has not only hurt Dave's family, and his family but the women as well who may now be forced to have their personal lives exposed. So undignified.

Kudos Dave for not playing the usual denial game! Maybe others will take a page from your book in the future.


KANDY FROM ATLANTA   October 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm ET

I AM HAVING A SEXUAL AFFAIR WITH A HIGH POWERED, MULTI-MILLIONAIRE ATTORNEY FROM FLORIDA. THE ATTORNEY HAS RENEGED ON HELPING ME FINANCIALLY, EVEN AFTER HE GOT WHAT HE WANTED BY HAVING SEX WITHOUT A CONDOM, AND GETTING WHAT HE WANTED TEXTUALLY. IF I DISCLOSE THE NAME OF THE PERSON TO THE MEDIA, THIS WILL NOT BE EXTORTION, BUT SIMPLY STATING THE FACTS, WITH INTENT TO CAUSE EMBARASMENT TO HE AND HIS FAMILY. IF HE BEAT ME TO THE PUNCH, LIKE DAVID LETTERMAN ATTEMPTED TO DO WITH THE CBS PRODUCER, THIS WILL NOT ONLY OPEN UP A CAN OF WORMS FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF OTHERS THAT THE ATTORNEY HAS DONE WRONG FOR THEM TO NOW OR CONTINUE TO COME OUT AND DISCLOSE THE WRONG HE HAS DONE THEM. THIS WOULD ALSO CAUSE DAMAGE TO HIS PROFESSIONAL REPUTATION. MARRIED MEN SHOULD THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE THEY SO CARELESSLY COMMIT ADULTERY AND THINK THAT THEY CAN GET EVERYTHING FOR NOTHING AND GET AWAY WITH IT.....


Terry, TX   October 2nd, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Letterman....he uses his job to have sex with women on the CBS staff......uses his job for his own celebrity political agenda..... he uses his job to go after Sarah Palins' small daughter with his perverted sexual remarks....How could the fool play the denial game....it was about to hit the media and the women do exist.....duh.

CBS needs to loose him.....show the world integrity and honor count..even in the celebrity world. These celebrities are responsible for what they say and do.....money, comedy and entertainment are not excuses for drug use, DWI's, child rape, sexual harrassment/sex on the job ....on and on....

Corporate America would have fired him in a minute....What about Media America?

My personal decision will be to not turn on CBS at all.....if he remains....my not mean much to anybody or CBS.. but I believe it is the honorable thing to do. I have alot of other choices to choose from.


Carol   October 2nd, 2009 11:57 pm ET

TO: Terry, Tx: Letterman did not go after Palin's "small daughter". His comment was directed at the adult daughter as that is who he thought was with her. Your post is full of irrelevant rants. Comparing this to DWI's, child rape etc., is truly sad. TO: Rocketwoman October 2nd, 2009 9:11 pm ET "From now on when it comes to jokes or attacks on Sarah Palin,her family, or other women he will look in the mirror first." His "attacks" on Sarah Palin are in regard to her stupidity selfish/give me attitude, and her arrogance.


Carol   October 3rd, 2009 12:04 am ET

Let me add this about Letterman. I will watch him any day over Jay Leno or Conan. Recently, the more I watch Leno, the more I get disgusted with his attitude and demeaning jokes regarding women. The fact that Leno could even consider having Rush Limbaugh (woman hater & angriest, lying, stupid man in the U.S.), much less have him on his show was the end of the straw for me and my husband.


Catherine A   October 3rd, 2009 12:16 am ET

He's a man, Men do these sort of things..


Jacqueline   October 3rd, 2009 3:21 am ET

Is CBS hiring because I think he's hot? lol


Sediq   October 3rd, 2009 5:37 am ET

Way to go Letterman, keep it up but lost the chance to continue or maybe there would be a rush on you because these stuff turns some people on...


YoCuzwaasup   October 3rd, 2009 12:04 pm ET

Sinful "Humans", do these kinds of things. Some get caught now...in the end ... Everyone!.

David has has to much power. What power, "The people" This is scary to those who don't like his sensible THOUGHTFUL views of the war.

Youtube Orielly on the Letterman show, and you will see why David, is being Attacked. He will not submit to the corporate Banksters.


alex lyics   October 3rd, 2009 4:46 pm ET

TO : jacqueline

who thinks this guys hot.

why dont you go post up at visitation while hes in prison, and marry him?

Then you can live like Bonnie and Klide.

you stupid bimbo, some women are truly sick in the mental mind of just plain stupid.


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