Not Guilty Plea in Letterman Shakedown Scheme

Fellow CBS employee makes bond after bail set at $200K
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2009 3:40 PM CDT
David Letterman kisses Madonna goodbye during a taping of "The Late Show" Wednesday in New York after the pair had pizza at Angelo's Restaurant next door to the Ed Sullivan Theater.   (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
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(Newser) – A 48 Hours producer pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree grand larceny today after allegedly trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman. The Late Night host was the target of an attempt to "destroy the reputation of Mr. Letterman and to submit him and his family to humiliation and ridicule," said the prosecutor. She also alleged that Joe Halderman was in debt but offered no details, 1010 WINS reports.

"This story is far more complicated than what you heard this afternoon," Halderman's lawyer told a massive crowd of media outside criminal court in Manhattan.