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Prosecutors: ‘Letterman’s alleged blackmailer made intent clear’

TV producer Robert Halderman was charged with attempted first degree grand larceny in October (09) after reportedly threatening to expose The Late Show presenter’s affairs with employees unless Letterman paid $2 million (£1.25 million) to silence him.”

Halderman, who was immediately suspended from his job as producer of CBS news show 48 Hours, claims he was simply selling the star a “screenplay proposal relating to Letterman’s poor conduct”.

But, in legal papers filed by New York prosecutors in a state court on Tuesday (15Dec09), Assistant District Attorneys Judy Salwen and Peirce Moser argue: “Defendant Halderman’s threat was simple: Unless Mr. Letterman paid him two million dollars, defendant Halderman would make public information about a purported personal, sexual relationship between Mr. Letterman and his assistant.”

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The court documents also detailed Halderman’s claims that he feared someone would try to harm him for trying to sell the story of Letterman’s office affairs.

In secret recordings taped by police, Halderman said, “Should I be fired mysteriously… if my house burns down… any number of things… I have no idea… what he is capable of, someone might decide the only way to be sure I never talk to anybody is for somebody to kill me.”

The case continues.

Halderman faces up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted of the grand larceny charge.

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