Robert "Joe" Halderman, the Emmy-winning former producer at CBS News, made a deal Tuesday with the authorities, agreeing to plead guilty to attempting to blackmail David Letterman for $2 million, Reuters reports. The formal charge Halderman pleaded guilty to was attempted grand larceny.
In exchange for his confession, Halderman has agreed to do six months in jail, 1,000 hours of community service and four-and-a-half years of probation.
Five months ago, Halderman threatened to expose multiple alleged relationships between Letterman and younger staffers who worked with Letterman, including one with an ex-girlfriend of Halderman.
According to Reuters, Haldeman told the judge today, "In September of 2009, I attempted to extort $2 million from David Letterman by threatening to disclose personal and private information about him, whether true or false."