Just moments after Robert “Joe” Halderman plead guilty to a charge of attempted 2nd degree grand larceny regarding his attempt to blackmail David Letterman, the late night talk show host issued a statement.
“I’d like to thank the District Attorney of Manhattan, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the former District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, the special prosecutions bureau, the DA’s office and the New York City Police Department,” Letterman’s statement read. “When they became involved in this case I had complete faith that a just and appropriate result was inevitable. On behalf of my family, I am extremely grateful for their tireless efforts.”
Halderman, 52, was accused of trying to extort $2 million from Letterman in exchange for keeping quiet about his extramarital affairs with Stephanie Birkitt. He will serve six months in jail and will be placed on 5 years probation. He will also be required to do 1,000 hours of community service.