Court Files Opened in Letterman Extortion Case

By Andrew Gauthier 

Associated Press

The newsman accused of blackmailing David Letterman about his sexual affairs told the TV host that his “world is about to collapse around him,” according to newly released court documents.

CBS News producer Robert J. “Joe” Halderman allegedly told Letterman in a package of materials he sent that he had “a lot more” documents to back up his threat and needed to “make a large chunk of money,” the court files say.


Halderman has pleaded not guilty to trying to extort $2 million from Letterman to keep some of the comedian’s sexual affairs quiet.

According to the documents, Halderman sent a package with a demand letter, a treatment for a screenplay, photos and personal correspondence.

Letterman is not named specifically in the court documents, but they refer to “Client No. 1” as a public figure who faced the threat of “a ruined reputation” and damage to his career and family life. More…