Robert Halderman, the man accused of attempting to blackmail late night talk show host David Letterman for $2 million over his sexual affairs with various staffers, is expected to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon to charges of extortion. Halderman will likely face a jail sentence of at least six months, followed by a long probation period and community service.
Former Emmy-winning CBS News producer Robert Halderman allegedly attempted to blackmail Late Show host David Letterman with threats he would expose the comedian’s affairs with female staff members on his show. Halderman demanded $2 million from Letterman for an alleged “screenplay” about theÂ late nightÂ host and his sexual liaisons with his female employees.
Letterman revealed the extortion plot and his affairs with the staffers during an episode of the Late Show. Halderman was arrested after Letterman went to police about the blackmail scheme and helped authorities to gather proof against Halderman in a sting operation.
Halderman is expected to plead guilty to charges of second-degree larceny Tuesday as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors in the case. Halderman could have faced up to 15 years in jail if he had been convicted on all charges in the case. Instead, the former 48 Hours producer will reportedly receive six months in jail and 1,000 hours of community service, followed by 4 1/2 years of probation.
One less scumbag on the streets for a while in our opinion. Although, frankly, we still think David Letterman pretty much got off easy for being a total man-slut. Too bad it’s not illegal to be an asshole. Then again, the prisons would be overflowing with just about every over-privileged, narcissistic, ‘entitled’, Hollywood male (and female) out there. Oh well.
During taping for Monday’s Late Show, David Letterman publicly apologized to his wife, Regina Lasko, for his affairs with various female staffers. Letterman admitted his sexual affairs on the Late Show last Thursday and revealed he had been the victim of a blackmail attempt by CBS producer Robert Joe Halderman over his sexual escapades.
“Let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me,” Letterman said on the Late Show Monday about his relationship with Lasko.
David Letterman said Lasko, the mother of his six-year-old son, “has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and itâ€™s your responsibility, you try to fix it,” Letterman said. “And at that point, thereâ€™s only two things that can happen: either youâ€™re going to make some progress and get it fixed, or youâ€™re going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed…”
Letterman also apologized to his staff during Monday’s taping. “Inadvertently, I just wasn’t thinking ahead,” Letterman said. “My thanks to the staff for, once again, putting up with something stupid I’ve gotten myself involved in.”
Appearing on the Today Show Monday, accused blackmailer Robert Joe Halderman‘s attorney said David Letterman is not telling the full story about his client’s alleged extortion attempt.
“Look at the fact that there was a $2 million check,” said defense lawyer Gerald Shargel. “In the history of extortion, I don’t think there’s been a single case where the alleged extortionist took a check in payment. It just doesn’t make any sense.”
Shargel said Late Show host David Letterman was not telling the full story when he announced Halderman has attempted to blackmail him over past sexual affairs with female staffers. “I look forward to cross examining David Letterman because I don’t think the full story is before the public,” Shargel said.
â€œIf you only hear David Lettermanâ€™s side of the story, take it at face value and say, â€˜Turn off the sets, that Haldermanâ€™s guiltyâ€™ â€” I think thatâ€™s plain wrong.â€