Halderman Pleads Guilty in Letterman Case

By Andrew Gauthier 

Associated Press

A television producer admitted Tuesday to trying to shake down David Letterman in a case that bared the late-night icon’s affairs with staffers, avoiding a long prison sentence by pleading guilty in exchange for six months in jail and community service.

Robert “Joe” Halderman, 52, entered the plea in a Manhattan court to attempted grand larceny after being accused of demanding $2 million to keep quiet about the late-night comic’s workplace love life.


Halderman, a producer for CBS’ “48 Hours Mystery,” had mined information from reading his then-girlfriend’s diary entries about her relationship with Letterman, her boss, authorities said. More…