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Robert Halderman pleads guilty for extorting David Letterman, will serve six months

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Robert Joel Halderman, the 48 Hours Mystery producer accused of trying to shake down David Letterman over the late night host's affairs with his staff, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, earning himself a trip to jail. There just might be some Top Ten lists about this one.

Halderman entered his guilty plea to attempted grand larceny Tuesday in a Manhattan court, the AP reports. He was charged last fall with demanding $2 million to keep quiet about Letterman's love life, but insisted last fall he was only trying to sell Letterman a screenplay based on the events. Letterman said forget all that, coming clean on the air in an illustrious example of how to defuse a scandal.

"I feel great remorse for what I've done," Halderman said in court, according to the L.A. Times. Halderman was the live-in boyfriend of Letterman's assistant, with whom Dave had some very intense conference calls. Halderman's guilty plea earns him a six-month jail term and 4 1/2 years of probation. See how fast this goes away when you come clean?

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