Mar 9, 2010 4:35 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Guilty plea in David Letterman extortion case

The man who tried to shake down David Letterman over his affairs with members of his staff will be going to jail for six months as part of a plea deal.

In entering a guilty plea today, Joe Halderman admitted that he tried to extort $2 million from Letterman by threatening to disclose information about him. Halderman's lawyers initially said he was just offering to sell Letterman a screenplay about the comedian's life.

If he'd been convicted at a trial, Halderman could have faced up to 15 years behind bars. The case spurred the late-night TV icon to tell viewers he'd had affairs with women on his staff.


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