Your tip
RadarOnlineRadarOnline
BREAKING NEWS
Exclusive

Crime Doesn’t Pay! Extortionist Who Exposed David Letterman's Sexcapdes Files For Bankruptcy

David Letterman Affair Blackmail Joe Halderman Bankrupt

May 18 2015, Published 7:14 a.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to FlipboardShare to Email
Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

While celebrities fawn over David Letterman as he prepares to retire to his New York and Montana estates, the former CBS News producer who attempted to blackmail him over his sexcapades is facing financial ruin.

RadarOnline.com has learned that Robert "Joe" Halderman, 57, who hatched his ill-fated extortion plot after the married late-night king seduced his 34-year-old girlfriend, Late Show staffer Stephanie Birkitt, filed for bankruptcy after serving four months in prison.

Article continues below advertisement

Haldmerman's debts include $66,186 owed to the IRS, state tax authorities and a bank, according to documents.

Once one of CBS's most respected journalists, Halderman has incorporated a company called "Mow the Lawn Productions" at the rundown Connecticut house he shares with Sylvia Beckerman-Halderman, an insurance executive he recently married.

Halderman's new wife filed for bankruptcy before their marriage, claiming $660,131 in liabilities against assets of $717,816, but a judger subsequently dismissed the case at her request.

MORE ON:
David Letterman

Letterman's former fling, Birkitt, meanwhile, is an attorney, having graduated from Benjamin Cardoza Law School, which Letterman paid for, according to Maureen Dowd.

Advertisement

DAILY. BREAKING. CELEBRITY NEWS. ALL FREE.

More From Radar Online

    Opt-out of personalized ads

    © Copyright 2024 RADAR ONLINE™️. A DIVISION OF MYSTIFY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK INC. RADAR ONLINE is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.