Robert Halderman Gets 6 Months for Blackmailing David Letterman

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The former CBS producer, who pleaded guilty to blackmailing David Letterman, has been sentenced to six months in jail. Robert Halderman also agreed to have no contact with the talk show host until 2018.

At that point, apparently, he's free to see if Dave wants to be friends.

Halderman simply said, "No sir" when a New York City judge asked him whether he would like to say anything at his sentencing on Tuesday. After the judge handed down the sentence, Halderman was led away in handcuffs to begin serving his term.

"He's been to every hot spot in the world, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia," said his attorney, Gerald Shargel. "I think he can handle Rikers Island."

As part of his plea deal, Halderman agreed never to reveal the things he claims to know about Letterman. Halderman tried to get Letterman to give him $2 million in order to keep quiet about the host's alleged affairs with female staffers. If he ever talks, Halderman could be sent to prison for seven years.

One of those alleged relationships was with Halderman's then-girlfriend Stephanie Birkitt. Halderman was outraged when he found out, which spurred the blackmail plot.

Letterman subsequently went on his show and admitted to inappropriate relationships but was not specific. Letterman was not in the courtroom when the sentence was handed down.