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."