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Letterman Blackmailed: Did a ’48 Hours’ Mystery Inspire Halderman?

Gawker has a theory that alleged David Letterman extortionist Robert “Joe” Halderman got the idea for the plot after working on a specific story for CBS’ “48 Hours” where he was a producer:

The story originally aired in February, but the August re-broadcast was updated with new reporting based on developments in the case. It’s a run-of-the-mill true-crime tale of murder and deception, but it features one detail that seems strange in retrospect: The sister of one of the victims, who never got her brother’s remains from the Philippines after his murder, at one point received creepy anonymous e-mails from someone claiming to have her brother’s ashes, and offering to sell them to her.

Gawker found it while researching other old stories Halderman produced looking for signs of unscrupulousness. They haven’t come across any thus far.

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Letterman Blackmailed: Halderman Lawyer Says Prosecution’s Case ‘Makes Absolutely No Sense’

For the first second time since David Letterman‘s admission last Thursday that he was the target of an extortion plot, we got to hear just a bit of CBS News employee Robert “Joe” Halderman‘s side of the case. [Edit: Halderman's lawyer was on "Geraldo Rivera at Large" last night. He was also on "Good Morning America" this morning.]

This morning, Halderman’s attorney, Gerald Shargel, sat down with NBC’s Ann Curry on the “Today” show and insisted that the prosecution’s case “makes no sense” and that “the public should not rush to judgment.”

Shargel also said, “It’s not only the motive and intent and conduct of Joe Halderman, it’s the motive, intent and conduct of David Letterman as well. As I’ve said, I look forward to cross-examining Letterman.” In the end, the interview turned contentious with Shargel accusing Curry of being impatient and Curry claiming that, despite the media access he’s been given, Shargel has not presented much of his client’s side of the story. Clip:

Letterman Blackmailed: Who is Robert ‘Joe’ Halderman?

HalderrmanFB_10.2.jpgRobert Halderman, who as of this writing is still an employee of CBS News, though suspended, has posted $200,000 bail and is free tonight.

Newsday’s Verne Gay has been keeping a running thread of information from several anonymous sources on the “48 Hours” producer who went by the name of “Joe” and who is now under arrest for trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman. Halderman, in photo at left from his public Facebook profile, is described as being “very close to his kids,” who are 11 and 18 years old. But he had been paying $6,000 and, during some months, $6,800 in child support payments.

“It had to do with custody of his youngest child,” says the Newsday source, “he was plainly off kilter about it.”

Halderman had been with CBS News since 1991, working in the Northeast Bureau, where sources say he met his wife, Patty Montet. Halderman moved to the London bureau and it was here that his marriage began to break up, says the source. The couple divorced in 2004.

Montet’s father told the New York Post his former son-in-law initially seemed “like a nice guy,” but added, “he was fooling around with a lot of women.”

Halderman’s next court hearing is set for November 10.

Letterman Blackmailed: Robert Halderman Pleads Not Guilty

shephalderman_10-2.jpgCBS News employee Robert Halderman pleaded not guilty at his arraignment this afternoon. Earlier today, the New York District Attorney confirmed the indictment against the “48 Hours” producer who is being accused of attempting to blackmail “Late Show” host David Letterman for $2 million.

David Bauder from the AP reports:

Robert J. Halderman entered his plea as he was arraigned on an attempted grand larceny charge Friday in a Manhattan court. Bail has been set at $200,000.

Last night, as we noted, Letterman revealed that he had been the target of an extortion plot and admitted that he had sexual relationships with women who worked on the show.

Letterman’s show drew 5.84M Total Viewers last night — a jump from 4.4M the evening prior. Interestingly, early numbers show ABC’s “Nightline” drew 5.15M Total Viewers during the 11:35pmET time slot. NBC’s “Tonight” had 2.44M.

Hugh Jackman Drops in on CBS News Meeting; Katie Couric: ‘It’s Been a Hard Day Around Here’

Jackman_10.2.jpgExclusive: TVNewser has learned Katie Couric brought a special guest to the morning meeting of the CBS Evening News – actor Hugh Jackman.

Jackman was at CBS Broadcast Center to take part in an interview for the Web show @katiecouric. Insiders tell us Jackman said “The Evening News” is doing “great work.” Couric added, “He does watch it every night.”

And after the arrest of CBS News employee Robert Halderman on charges of trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman, Couric commented, “I thought I’d bring a Friday surprise because it’s been a hard day around here.”

Update: Photos from the visit


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Letterman Blackmailed: CBS News Employee Robert Halderman Charged with ‘One Count of Grand Larceny’

Halderman_10-2.jpgToday at 11:42amET, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau confirmed that “48 Hours Mystery” producer Robert Halderman (a.k.a. Joe Halderman) was arrested yesterday outside of CBS offices and charged with one count of attempted larceny in the first degree in the David Letterman extortion plot.

Morgenthau revealed that Halderman approached Letterman outside his home on Sept 9th offering to sell Letterman a screenplay treatment that “related that Mr. Letterman’s world is about to collapse around him, as information about his private life is disclosed, leading to a ruined reputation and severe damage to his professional and family lives.”

Morgenthau stated that Halderman had three meetings with Letterman and his attorney, two of which were recorded by a wire worn by Letterman’s attorney. Morgenthau said of Letterman’s first formal meeting with Halderman, “Halderman asked for $2 million to protect the information in the so-called screenplay treatment.” On Wednesday, Halderman was given a check for $2 million, which he deposited the next morning.

The felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Fox News carried Morgenthau’s conference live. CNN aired a short update with footage from the conference just before noon.

Letterman Blackmailed, CBS News Employee Arrested. “I Need to Protect My Family. I Need to Protect Myself. I Hope to Protect My Job”

Letterman_10.2.jpgA CBS News “48 Hours” employee is under arrest accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman. The employee was arrested yesterday, three weeks after a package was left in Letterman’s car that included, in Letterman’s words “creepy” information about the “Late Show” host. reports the employee has been suspended pending the results of the investigation. The employee, who wanted $2 million, is facing charges of first degree attempted grand larceny.

After a monologue that included a joke about the extramarital affair of Gov. Mark Sanford, Letterman sat at his desk and told his audience the story of the attempted extortion culminating in an admission of having “sex with women” who have worked on the show.

Letterman explained the “creepy stuff” the CBS News employee had on him.

“The creepy stuff was that I have had sex with women who work for me on this show,” said Letterman “Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would. Especially for the women.”

“It’s been a very bizarre experience. I feel like I need to protect these people. I need to certainly protect my family. I need to protect myself. I hope to protect my job,” he said, before finishing with a joke. “I know what you’re saying, ‘I’ll be darned, Dave’s had sex.’”

The story broke not long after Letterman finished taping his show. In New York, where the criminal case is proceeding, the story was the lead on the late newscasts on WCBS and WABC while it was later in the newscast on WNBC, though it was the first story ‘teased’ coming out of “The Jay Leno Show.”

It was the lead on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. The Washington Post’s TV critic Howard Kurtz, who had been Tweeting about the revelation, was contacted by a CNN producer to be a phone-in guest on the show.

> More: reports the suspect is 51-year-old Robert Halderman who lives in Norwalk, CT.

> More, More: reports Halderman went by his middle name “Joe” and lived with one of the women Letterman was involved with.

> Related: TVBarn’s Aaron Barnhart: “You know what’s creepy? Telling a story about having sex with your employees for laughs.”

> More: has more information and photos of Robert “Joe” Halderman and the Ohio native’s Dept. of Correction booking details.

> Video after the jump…

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