The former television producer who tried to blackmail David Letterman over the comedian's office affairs was freed from jail Thursday, city Correction Department records show.
Robert "Joe" Halderman served four months of his six-month sentence in the case, which exposed Letterman's personal life to public scrutiny. Halderman got time off for good behavior during his stint at the Rikers Island jail complex, but he isn't done with his sentence: He still has to complete 1,000 hours of community service.
"He survived this, and he's glad to be getting off the island," his lawyer, Gerald Shargel, said Wednesday. The former CBS "48 Hours" producer — who's up for a News and Documentary Emmy award this year — is looking for work, Shargel added.