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Accused Letterman Extortionist Wants Judge To Drop Charges

Nov. 10 2009, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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David Letterman's accused extortionist, CBS news producer Robert J. "Joe" Halderman, will appear in a New York courtroom Tuesday in hopes of getting the grand larceny charge levied against him dismissed. 

The first step in the process will be challenging the validity of the evidence presented to the grand jury, according to Halderman's attorney, Gerald Shargel.

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Letterman, 62, admitted on his October 1 show that he had testified before a grand jury earlier that day because of the alleged extortion, which was for $2 million. The Indiana funnyman then admitted "the creepy stuff was that I have had sex with women who work for me on this show,” which ignited a firestorm of scrutiny towards the veteran talk show host.

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Halderman has pleaded not guilty to the charges; if the producer is found guilty of attempted grand larceny, he faces up to 15 years in state prison.



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