Mar 9, 2010 4:35 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
The man who tried to shake down David Letterman over his affairs with members of his staff will be going to jail for six months as part of a plea deal.
In entering a guilty plea today, Joe Halderman admitted that he tried to extort $2 million from Letterman by threatening to disclose information about him. Halderman's lawyers initially said he was just offering to sell Letterman a screenplay about the comedian's life.
If he'd been convicted at a trial, Halderman could have faced up to 15 years behind bars. The case spurred the late-night TV icon to tell viewers he'd had affairs with women on his staff.