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Jan 19, 2010 11:25 AM by Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press

NYC judge refuses to toss Letterman extortion case

A judge has refused to throw out the criminal case against a TV producer who is accused of blackmailing David Letterman.

Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon ruled Tuesday on Robert "Joe" Halderman's bid to get his attempted grand larceny case dismissed.

Prosecutors say Halderman demanded $2 million to keep quiet about the "Late Show" host's affairs with staffers. Halderman says he just offered Letterman a chance to buy - and keep private - a thinly veiled screenplay about his life.

The case spurred the late-night icon to tell viewers in October that he had slept with women who worked for him.

The 52-year-old Halderman could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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