The guy accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman has offered to plead guilty in exchange for a one-year prison term, according to the New York Post.
Robert Halderman’s lawyer, Gerald Shargel, denied knowing anything about an offer, saying: “There have been no plea negotiations. None whatsoever.”
He would say that regardless, of course, and it’s all a moot point until January, when Cyrus Vance Jr. takes over as Manhattan’s new District Attorney.
A one-year term would be a far cry from the 15 he’s facing.
Halderman stands accused of trying to shake down Letterman for $2 million by threatening to expose the TV star’s series of sexual affairs with staffers.
Letterman admitted as much – and was blatantly honest in his on-air apology to fans, staffers and wife Regina Lasko – even breaking the story himself.
WHAT A RACKET: Halderman is accused of trying to shake down Letterman.
Prosecutors allege that Halderman dropped off a one-page “screenplay treatment” with Letterman’s driver September 9. The proposed “story line” revolved around an intern-loving comedian whose sexy antics were about to be outed.
That plot appeared to make direct reference to Letterman’s admitted affair with intern Stephanie Birkitt – also Halderman’s ex-girlfriend – and others.
But instead of caving, Letterman went to war, contacting police and wiring his lawyer for a series of meet-ups with Halderman, who was later arrested.
He is free on $200,000 bail. Shargel has filed papers demanding dismissal of the charges, arguing that this was nothing but a “business transaction.”
Prosecutors aren’t buying that, though, saying that Halderman hatched the extortion plot with the screenplay nonsense as his intended cover stlory and admitted on tape that he resorted to the scheme because he needed the money.