Breaking News

Defendant in Letterman Extortion Case Pleads Not Guilty

10/02/2009 at 03:40 PM EDT

Defendant in Letterman Extortion Case Pleads Not Guilty
David Letterman (left) and Joe Halderman
John P. Filo/CBS; Brad Barket/Getty
CBS producer Joe Halderman has pleaded not guilty to charges that he attempted to extort $2 million from talk show host David Letterman.

Halderman, 52, wearing a gray suit and handcuffs, was arraigned in a Manhattan courthouse Friday afternoon for allegedly threatening to go public with information that Letterman had sexual relations with an employee of the Late Show.

Prosecutors recommended bail of $500,000, but a judge set the amount at $200,000. Halderman remained calm and attentive throughout the proceeding.

His defense team, lead by Gerald Shargel, described him as a divorced father of two children, ages 11 and 18 (they live with their mother), who coaches soccer and Pop Warner football in his Connecticut community.

"He was a responsible person," Shargel told reporters after the arraignment. "He has never been in trouble with the law before." Shargel added that his client, a CBS employee for 27 years, will likely be out on bail before Monday.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!
  • Exclusive Royal Tour Diary

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters