David Letterman’s extortionist just pled guilty to one count of attempted grand larceny in the second degree.
Robert Halderman was just sentenced to 6 months in jail, 5 years probation and 1,000 hours of community service.
Under the terms of the deal, Halderman will serve 500 hours of community service in New York and the rest in Connecticut.
In the courtroom, Halderman said, “I have great remorse and sincerely apologize to David Letterman and Stephanie Birkitt. I attempted to extort $2 million from David Letterman.” Halderman called it “a thinly veiled threat.”
In addition to apologizing to his wife Regina Lasko, David Letterman also poked fun at the $2 million sexual extortion plot against him.
“I got in the car this morning and the navigation lady wasn’t speaking to me,” he deadpanned on his show Monday.
Talking about the cool fall weather, he said, “It’s chilly outside my house; chilly inside my house.”
He also joked about what he’ll do next.
“This is only phase one of the scandal,” he began. “Phase two: Next week I go on Oprah and sob.”
His guests also had fun at Letterman’s expense.
Steve Martin told the embattled late night host that the incident “proves that you’re a human being. And we weren’t really that sure before.”
Letterman played along. When guest Martin Short sat on Martin’s lap, he joked, “You spend one more minute on his lap, you’re gonna get blackmailed.”
David Letterman announced last night on his late night show that he was the victim of an extortion plot for $2 million. Emmy-winning producer Robert “Joe” Halderman was arrested Thursday on charges of attempted grand larceny in the first degree. (Read more, plus watch the video of Letterman talking about this.)
But today – there is a growing number of people yelling for David Letterman’s resignation. Why? Because he admits that he’s had affairs with women he works with. Affairs that happened while he was in a relationship with his wife (but apparently not since his son was born).
What do you think? Should David be fired? Does this change how you view Dave?
An Emmy Award-winning CBS News producer has been suspended for allegedly trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman over sexual affairs that late night talk show host had with female employees.
Robert “Joe” Halderman — who worked on the news program 48 Hours — was arrested Thursday by two plain-clothes police officers outside the CBS News broadcast center in New York City on charges of attempted grand larceny in the first degree. If convicted, Halderman could face between 9 to 22 years behind bars.
On his late night show Thursday, Letterman, 62, shocked his audience by revealing that three weeks ago he got in his car early in the morning and found a package with a letter saying, “I know that you do some terrible, terrible things and that I can prove you do some terrible things.”
Letterman told his audience the letter contained proof.
He said he then called his lawyer to set up a meeting with Halderman, who threatened to write a screenplay and a book about Letterman unless he was given money.
Two meetings took place; during the last one, a fake check was delivered.
Letterman told his audience that he had to testify before a grand jury Thursday morning.
“I was worried for myself, I was worried for my family,” he said. “I felt menaced by this, and I had to tell them all of the creepy things that I had done.
“The creepy stuff was that I have had sex with women who work for me on this show,” he went on. “My response to that is yes, I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Yes, it would, especially for the women.”
He added, “It’s been a very bizarre experience. I felt like I needed to protect these people. I need to protect my family. I need to protect myself. Hope to protect my job.”
UPDATE: Here’s the video of David announcing it on his show.
Madonna made an appearance on the David Letterman TV show last night in New York City, New York. Madonna admitted to David that despite having a home in Manhattan for over 30 years and living on and off in the city she has never had the famous New York pizza. David was shocked and took her out for a slice and a few drinks during the show.
Her face scares me!