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Producer sentenced in attempted Letterman shakedown


NEW YORK (WKOW) -- Television producer Robert "Joe" Halderman has pleaded guilty to allegations he tried to blackmail late night host David Letterman over Letterman's affairs with staff members.

Halderman, who was charged with attempted grand larceny, was sentenced Tuesday to six months in jail and 1,000 hours of community service. Halderman's lawyers initially said he was just offering to sell Letterman a thinly veiled screenplay about the comedian's life.

Prosecutors charged Halderman last fall for allegedly demanding $2 million to keep quiet about Letterman's love live, spurring the comic to come clean to TV viewers about the sexual relationships he'd had with women on his staff.

Halderman is a producer for CBS' "48 Hours Mystery."


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