Defense Lawyer in Letterman Extortion Case Says His Client Was Just Trying to Sell Screenplay

Nov 11, 2009  •  Post A Comment

CBS News producer Robert J. "Joe" Halderman was merely trying to sell a screenplay, not extort money from latenight host David Letterman, his defense lawyer said in court Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Halderman has been charged with attempted first-degree grand larceny in the case, in which he’s accused of attempting to blackmail the host, who subsequently acknowledged on air that he had had sexual relationships with underlings.

Halderman’s attorney Gerald Shargel said the $2 million exchange “was a commercial transaction. Nothing more."

–Elizabeth Jensen


  1. It’s funny…I’ve been trying to sell a particular screenplay since 1983, yet I never felt the urge to threaten anyone to get it going…”pay me or I’ll”…This slime ball attorney for Halderman was on several networks this morning twisting the facts around…Halderman’s acts ARE the facts and nothing will change that…Hang tough Dave & Co.
    Peter Bright

  2. Really its too much funny.
    John Buchanan – an experienced Canadian Criminal lawyer, practicing in criminal law for over 25 years, We based in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
    Criminal Lawyer Vancouver

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