Extortionist Dated Letterman Staffer Who Had Affair

'48 Hours' producer slept around, former father-in-law says
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2009 8:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – When David Letterman shocked last night's audience with his tale of blackmail—or as the New York Post calls it, sextortion—he left out the names of everyone else involved, but details are beginning to emerge. The man arrested in the case was Robert Joel Halderman, 57, an Emmy-winning producer and director for CBS’ 48 Hours. Law enforcement sources tell the Post that Halderman learned of Letterman’s dalliances after dating one of his former conquests.

The affair had taken place before the birth of Letterman’s son Harry in 2003. Though law enforcement wouldn’t name the woman, public records show that Halderman once lived with 31-year-old Late Show staffer Stephanie Birkitt, the Daily News reports. CBS has suspended Halderman, who’s being held on grand larceny charges. Ironically, Halderman may have had infidelity problems of his own. His former father-in-law says he “was fooling around with a lot of women.”