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David Letterman Extortionist Faces Sentencing Tuesday

May 4 2010, Published 9:55 a.m. ET

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Ex-CBS news producer Robert J. Halderman will be sentenced in New York Tuesday over his admitted $2 million extortion attempt aimed at late night funnyman David Letterman over an affair he knew the talk show host was having with a staffer, has learned.

Halderman was slated to be sentenced to a six-month jail term, a condition cited in his March guilty plea to charges of attempted grand larceny; Halderman's plea deal includes an additional 1,000 hours of community service, officials said.

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As has previously repeorted, Letterman said on his October 1, 2009 broadcast that he had given testimony before a grand jury earlier that day about the extortion scheme; he told his audience that "I have had sex with women who work for me on this show."

Letterman said in an appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly last week that the affair "was stupid behavior," and discussed the fallout it has had on his life.


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"You take a look at the explosion, and it knocks you down and you wake up every morning and you're scared and you're depressed and sad, and you kind of got to let that knock you down and knock you down," he said.

Letterman said that him and his wife, Regina Lasko, are "putting their marriage back together to see what it's going to look like."



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