Betty on the News: Letterman Accuser Wants Charges Against Him Dismissed
Robert “Joe” Halderman was trying to sell Letterman a screenplay, his lawyer said.
The man accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman for $2 million is believed to be heading to court today for the first time since pleading not guilty to charges of extortion in October.
Court papers filed Tuesday reveal that Robert “Joe” Halderman is aiming to have the charges dropped. His attorney, Gerard Shargel, noted that his client “discovered evidence that Letterman had created and fostered an environment of workplace sexual misconduct that under any definition, amounted to actionable sexual harassment.”
Moreover, his lawyer alleges that Halderman was merely attempting to sell a screenplay to the comedian when he approached him with a package one night, which was later discovered in Letterman’s car. Shargel said that the TV news producer even insisted on getting a written agreement to make things official. (The New York Post)