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Halderman Indicted in Letterman Extortion Plot

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The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has announced that former CBS employee Joe Halderman has been indicted in an extortion plot against David Letterman.

"Our concern here is extortion, and that's what we're focusing on," District Attorney Robert Morgenthau told AP.

Halderman, a producer for "48 Hours," was arrested on Thursday for attempting to blackmail the comedian into giving him $2 million in exchange for Halderman keeping quiet about sexual affairs Letterman had with staffers -- allegedly including Joe's girlfriend Stephanie Birkitt, who was not involved in the plot. He was indicted on one count of first-degree grand larceny, which could land him 5 to 15 years in prison.

Letterman came clean about the liaisons and extortion plot on "The Late Show" Thursday night.