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Report: David Letterman Extortionist Offers To Plead Guilty In Deal

Dec. 28 2009, Published 12:25 p.m. ET

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Robert Halderman, the CBS’ 48 Hours producer accused of trying to blackmail talk show titan David Letterman, has floated an offer to plead guilty in exchange for a one-year prison term, according to a new report.

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Without a deal, Halderman, 52,  could face 15 years behind bars if convicted of trying to shake down Letterman for $2 million by threatening to expose the Late Show’s sexual trysts with female staffers.

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Halderman's lawyer, Gerald Shargel, denied knowing anything about an offer to the New York Post, which first reported news of a possible plea deal.  "There have been no plea negotiations. None whatsoever," Shargel told the paper.

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Shargel said he plans to forge ahead this week, filing additional papers on his motion to dismiss the charges.

The Post also reports that the offer won't be considered by the office of outgoing Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau because prosecutors feel the final decision should be made by Cyrus Vance Jr., who will take office in January.

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As for Halderman, he remains free on $200,000 bail.



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