David Letterman (left) and Joe Halderman
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10/02/2009 AT 03:40 PM EDT
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.