48 Hours producer Robert Halderman — they call him “Joe” — is an idiot. As more details of the David Letterman extortion plot are revealed, we’ve learned that Halderman deposited his $2M check that was given to him a couple of days ago in exchange for his silence. Unfortunately for him, it was a check with no funds to back it up . TMZ dug up Joe’s 2004 divorce papers, of course. This guy was paying almost $6,000 a month in child and spousal support. No wonder he needed two million of David Letterman’s dollars!
Stephanie Birkitt, an intern on Letterman’s show back in the ’90s (she later returned, working and appearing on the show for almost 10 years), is one of the women who allegedly had an affair with Dave in 2003. She lived with Halderman for a time, which is clearly how he hatched his plan to blackmail the talk show host.
Personally, David Letterman has fallen down a peg in my estimation. I don’t care that he’s a cheater — whatever, that’s his situation to deal with. What I do feel bad about is how he delivered the news to his audience like it was some big joke. I felt bad for his wife who most assuredly is not laughing.