CBS Producer Pleads Guilty In Blackmail Case
March 10, 2010
Robert “Joe” Halderman, a former producer for CBS’s ’48 Hours’, admitted in a statement that he attempted to extort $2 million from David Letterman in exchange for keeping quiet about a list of extramarital affairs.
Letterman spoke on his show about the decision:
“Now, I’d never been involved in anything like this in my life, and I was concerned and full of anxiety and nervous and worried,” he said. “And the people in the district attorney’s office said, ‘This will be handled professionally, this will be handled skillfully, and appropriately.’ Well, the matter was resolved today, and they were exactly right — it was handled professionally, skillfully and appropriately.”
The guilty pleas carries a 6-month jail term, a five year probation period, and 1,000 hours of community service.