Robert J. Halderman is the man to who allegedly attempted to blackmail David Letterman for, as Letterman said, having sex with female employees. Halderman is a producer for CBS 48 Hours. He has been arrested in New York City and charged with Grand Larceny. See update
10-5-09 10-6-09, including new Sarah Palin apology.
The 51-year-old Robert “Joe” Halderman allegedly asked for $2 million, and if he didn’t get it, Halderman threatened to write a screenplay about Letterman and his alleged bad behavior over the years. Joe Halderman’s CBS “team” were nominated for a 2008 Emmy. He is a long-time CBS employee and is currently on suspension from the network. The photo above is from Joe Halderman’s Facebook page.
According to this report, Halderman had sex with one of the women Letterman “had sex” with. That person is said to be Stephanie Burkett. Ms. Burkett is still employed with the Letterman Show.
The affair happened a long time ago, before his son Harry was born, and before he got married, but he was living with his wife to be at the time.
Letterman felt “menaced” by the extortion. He said he worried about “the women” and his “family” and his “job.” I remember that Sarah and Todd Palin also wanted to protect their family when Letterman was maligning their daughters – for laughs. David Letterman righteously protects his “own” woman – but others of the wrong political persuasion are mere fodder for late night humor – no matter their age.
Letterman famously once said, “I’m just trying to make a smudge on the collective unconscious.” “Smudge” is defined as dirt or a smear, a blemish, a blur, smut or a soiled spot. Halderman was trying to do a little smudging and get paid for it, as does Letterman.
The Late Night host was apparently a single man when these events took place. It is interesting to ponder who, among the non-capitalists in Hollywood or New York would finance, produce and direct a screenplay portraying David Letterman’s escapades. Really, who did Halderman think would join him in this venture?
A “secret” bedroom above the Ed Sullivan Theater was the place where David Letterman had “sex with some of the women who work on this shows,” according to this report in the New York Daily News. This is a staffer telling this story, and it is not Stephanie Birkitt, the staffer you might have suspected. This is Holly Hester, who said she was madly in love with Letterman at the time and would have married him.
Speculations are that Holly Hester is the same Holly Hester who is now a successful producer, possibly living in Sebastapol, California. If this is the same Hester, she has worked on Grace Under Fire, Drew Carey and Ellen.
Who would guess this????
Birkitt (34) – click here to see photo has not issued a public statement about her affair with both Letterman and Halderman (the Halderman relationship evidently ended recently.
A “Late Show” office worker in 1997, Birkitt quickly developed a role as Letterman’s Girl Friday. She went on to appear in several skits as his comic foil. Behind the scenes, their relationship became intimate, sources said.
“The creepy relationship that Letterman maintained with Stephanie was obvious and not normal,” an insider said. “She was able to do anything and everything … It was pretty well known that Stephanie was the one that Letterman was having fun with.”
The spell-casting Letterman apologized to his wife, Regina Lasko Letterman, and said she has been “horribly hurt by my behavior.” Lasko gave birth to Letterman’s son in November 2003. They married in March 2009 in a Montana courthouse.. They began dating in 1986. The approximately two-year Letterman-Birkitt affair ended in 2003 before Letterman’s son was born. Lasko is a former Letterman staffer.
Letterman apologized again last night to Sarah Palin and her family for the comments he made about one of Palin’s daughters last June – or maybe two of Palin’s daughters. In June, 14-year-old Willow Palin attended a Yankee’s game with her father, Todd. Letterman said, on his show that the Palin “daughter was knocked up by Alex Rodriguez.” Palin’s pregnant 18-year-old daughter, Bristol Palin, was not at the Yankee game. Letterman did everything he could to make his on-air apology a non-apology. You can read it here.
Last night, in light of his own indiscretions against the mother of his son, and his son, he said this:
…once again I’d like to apologize to the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin. I’m terribly, terribly sorry. So there we go,” he added to cheers from the crowd.
In June Palin’s spokesperson responded to Letterman’s assault on the Palin family: it would be wise to “keep Willow away from David Letterman.”