Alleged Letterman Extortionist Thought Dave Might Kill Him

Excerpts of taped conversations reveal Halderman’s paranoia

Last Updated: December 16, 2009 @ 7:59 AM

The CBS producer accused in a $2 million shakedown of David Letterman was so paranoid, he thought the late-night king might get him fired, burn his house down — or even kill him, according to shocking revelations in the alleged extortion case.

"I’m not sure how crazy this guy is, or um, how dangerous he might be," former "48 Hours" producer Robert "Joe" Halderman was caught on tape saying of Letterman, according to excerpts released yesterday by Manhattan prosecutors.

"So, just for safekeeping, I’m going to keep a copy of everything," Halderman insisted during "negotiations" with Letterman’s lawyer — who had been secretly wired by the DA.

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