Update: If CBS producer Robert (Joe) Halderman intended to blackmail David Letterman about the funnyman’s sex life, he would have demanded cash, his lawyer said yesterday. Hmmm Getting more Hollyweird
“Here’s a guy who is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, who has dealt with cops and wiretaps and undercover investigations virtually his entire life,” defense lawyer Gerald Shargel said of Halderman on CBS’ “Early Show,” one of the morning shows he hit.
“There was a $2 million check. In the history of extortion, I don’t think there’s been a single case where the alleged extortionist took a check in payment. It just doesn’t make any sense.”
“Late Show” host called the whole thing “a very bizarre experience.”
You could say the same thing about his “bizarre” performance before an adoring studio audience that didn’t seem to realize the seriousness of the situation.
The audience laughed and cheered as Letterman used his usual assortment of funny expressions and hand gestures while describing what he called a “blackmail” attempt by a man who has since been identified as Emmy-winning CBS news producer Joe Halderman. Letterman said the accused extortionist threatened to reveal in a book and a movie that the host had sex with women who worked for him.
At times, the laughter and cheers seemed as inappropriate as Letterman’s occasional creepy attempts to joke about a very serious situation. In one case, the audience laughter even led to a joke. You almost wondered if members of the audience hated themselves later for laughing but couldn’t help it.
When Letterman said he had to go before a New York City grand jury to tell “all of the creepy things I’ve done,” the audience laughed.
Tthe David Letterman had secret bedroom above Ed Sullivan Theater, sez ex-‘Late Show’ stafferAn ex-“Late Show” intern unmasked herself Saturday as one of David Letterman‘s former flings – and sources revealed the randy funnyman keeps a bachelor pad atop the Ed Sullivan Theater.”I was madly in love with him at the time,” said Holly Hester. “I would have married him. He was hilarious.”
The NYU alum, who it appears went on to become a top Hollywood producer, told TMZ.com that the relationship started in the early ’90s when Letterman called and asked her on a date to the movies.A year-long, secret romance ensued, she said, until the funnyman called it off because of their age difference.
Hollywood once more, displays its appalling lack of normal human conventional behavior- whether Norman Polanski, or David Letterman, its Ego,Ego,Ego. One can only wonder where the audience came from. America, where is the outrage for this outrageous disrepectful behavaior.