Robert Halderman Pleads Not Guilty to Extortion of David Letterman

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Robert "Joe" Halderman has pleaded not guilty to charges that he aimed to extort $2 million from David Letterman.

The CBS producer was arraigned in a Manhattan courthouse this afternoon, following his Thursday morning arrest on charges that he threatened to expose Letterman's affair with staff member Stephanie Birkitt, who was living with Halderman at the time.

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Sources claim Halderman was seeking money to help with child support payments he owes ex-wife Patty Montet, from whom he divorced in 2004.

 The Internet is buzzing with searches and opinions on Robert Halderman and Stephanie Birkitt, two complete strangers to the world of celebrity gossip a few hours ago.

Lead attorney Gerald Shargel described his client as a respected father of two that coaches soccer in Connecticut.

"He was a responsible person," Shargel told reporters after the arraignment. "He has never been in trouble with the law before."

Halderman's bail was set at $200,000.

On last night's program, Letterman spent 10 minutes detailing the alleged, attempted blackmail, while owning up to his past affair with Birkitt. Fans appreciate Dave's candor on the issue; while critics disparage him for his infidelity.

Where do you stand on the issue?

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