BREAKING NEWS: Accused David Letterman Extortionist Will Stand Trial

Jan. 19 2010, Updated 1:11 p.m. ET

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David Letterman's accused extortionist, CBS news producer Robert J. "Joe" Halderman, will stand trial after a judge in Manhattan state Supreme Court refused Tuesday morning to dismiss the grand larceny charges filed against him.

Letterman admitted on his Oct. 1 broadcast that he had testified before a grand jury earlier that day, because of the alleged $2 million extortion scheme; he told his audience that "the creepy stuff was that I have had sex with women who work for me on this show,” an admission 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.

Halderman is due back in court March 9.

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