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Halderman Sentenced To Six Months In Prison For Blackmailing Letterman

Robert Halderman, the CBS News producer who tried to blackmail David Letterman for $2 million over his affairs, has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Halderman signed an order of protection forbidding him from any contact with Letterman until 2018 before he was led from a Manhattan court in handcuffs to begin his jail term, to be followed by 1,000 hours of community service.

Letterman wasn't on hand to witness the sentencing, but the comedian doesn't have to be worried about the producer revealing any details after he gets out of jail.

Under the plea deal, Halderman was spared from serving up to 15 years in prison in exchange for going public with any information on Letterman.

Halderman admitted in March that he demanded $2 million in hush money last fall. The 52-year-old said he handed Letterman's driver an envelope marked 'Privileged and Confidential' on September 9, 2009. Its content was a 'screenplay' based on Letterman's affairs with 'Late Show' staffers.

The case forced Letterman to reveal, during a taping hours after he appeared before a grand jury, that he had sex with women on his staff.

"Obviously, it was a very difficult part of his life," Halderman's lawyer, Gerald Shargel said. "He's been to all the hot spots in the world. I think he can handle Rikers Island."

With time off for good behavior, Halderman could be released in as early as four months.

May 5, 2010 |

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