Former CBS News producer Robert Halderman pled guilty today to charges stemming from his alleged attempt to blackmail CBS late-night TV host David Letterman last fall.
Halderman agreed to plead guilty to second-degree grand larceny for demanding last October that Letterman pay him $2 million to keep quiet about affairs that the TV host had with women on his production staff.
Instead of paying the money, Letterman went to prosecutors in New York. The day Halderman was arrested after he deposited a fake check from Letterman, the host disclosed the plot and confessed to having affairs on his program.
In a statement, Letterman said, “I would like to thank the district attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the former district attorney, Robert M. Morgenthau, the Special Prosecutions Bureau in the D.A.’s Office, and the New York City Police Department. When they became involved with this case, I had complete faith that a just and appropriate result was inevitable. On behalf of my family, I am extremely grateful for their tireless efforts.”
Prosecutors had charged Halderman with first-degree attempted grand larceny, for which he could have received 15 years in prison.
When first charged, Halderman pled not guilty. Now with the plea to the lesser charge, he’ll likely get six months in jail, community service time and probation.
Sentencing is set for May 4.