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Letterman's Blackmailer Wanted Revenge!

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Inside sources close to Robert "Joe" Halderman, the 48 Hours Mystery producer who blackmailed David Letterman for $2 mil last week, say the producer's motivation was revenge! And not the $$$$$$!

Insiders say Halderman wanted to make Letterman "miserable" for sleeping with his girlfriend (at the time), Late Night employee Stephanie Birkitt.

The money was "ancillary" to Halderman - rather his intention was to destroy Letterman and Birkitt!

"He wants to hurt Letterman as much as he can — and he wanted to hurt the girl, too," said the source.

Another insider shared the same sentiments: "It wasn't about the money… He definitely doesn't like Letterman."


Sure, it sucks that your girlfriend cheated on you, but extorting the guy she slept with is not the way to go about it!

[Halderman image via CBS / Letterman image via WENN.]

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64 comments to “Letterman's Blackmailer Wanted Revenge!”

  1. 1

    Sounds like Stephanie is a bit of a whore

  2. 2

    awh. leave him alone? i'm sure you could figure somethng out without ruining his family life and reputation

  3. 3

    I'm sure this is his attorney's spin to get him off the extortion charges and he's full of shit - This guy wanted the money, he was in debt - AND obviously there is going to be more to come - Do you think SB didn't know any of this all this time? He read her diary? or she gave him the info? I'll give her benefit of the doubt for now, but we'll see - She's barred from the studio so…

  4. 4

    Yeah,you just punch them in the eye,huh Perez?

  5. 5

    Time for that creep Dave to GOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  6. 6


  7. 7

    David is an asshole/hypocrite
    Stephanie is a whore
    Robert is in deep trouble

  8. 8

    Stephanie seems like a golddigger. Both of these guys are way older than her. I can see how she got lured in by Letterman tho. But Halderman really didn't have much dough, did he? So either she didn't know that or maybe she really genuinely liked him?

  9. 9

    Geez…. this gal has a thing for older guys.

  10. 10

    I LOVE DAVE!!!!!!!!

  11. 11

    David Letterman and Robert "Joe" Halerman both SUCK as human beings. One has the morals of an alley cat and the other is avarice to the max. They both need reality checks in how to conduct themselves as decent men.

  12. 12

    stephanie was soooo annoying when she was on late night..i couldn't stand her and didn't think she was funny at all. she's not even cute…surprised dave went there

  13. 13

    I think he looks like an older version of Scott Peterson…nuts like me!!!

  14. Nesa says – reply to this


    Blackmailers are garbage. This guy should go under the jail for the maximum time!

  15. 15

    I think the guy should have just dumped the cheating idiot and left Letterman alone. 48hrs is a good show and brings to light science, technology and miserable things that people do…I wanna know how wacko's act and how to prevent/protect myself.
    Dave is a band and stars-interesting people, some laughs and conversation…
    oh - and putting others down.

    This guy totally stooped to daves level.

  16. 16

    It doesnt matter what Dave did. He could steal candy from little kids mouths, I would still be a Dave Letterman fan.

  17. 17

    why are we still talking about this?

  18. 18

    Isn't the expression "nothing like a WOMAN scorned"?

  19. 19

    I love how the cops come up with this wonderful story about Halderman, they might as well just testify for everything the man wants to say.. THIS STORY IS BULLSHIT. They just want to frame the guy really good to keep him shut up about what happened, until we hear it from Halderman HIMSELF then the intarwebs just needs to STFU!

  20. 20

    I've never been a fan of Letterman… but this Halderman dude looks like such an angry, jealous loner.

  21. 21

    his plan would have been awesome if it worked…sorry i'm kind of a vengeful person…
    And it's totally tragically romantic…

  22. 22

    The real victim is the woman who slept with both of these men.

  23. 23

    Everyone involved in this situation is gross.

  24. 24

    Re: unabashedlyballin – us women are meant to be used honey, get over it. Either get on your knees or get the fuck out!

  25. aimsy says – reply to this


    They look like fucking twins. Does slutty steph go for that old geeky man look then? Rofl.

  26. 26

    I love Dave…always have, always will. While I am disappointed in his choices, it goes to show we are all human and he has handled it all very well…I hope he & his wife can get through it…everyone else should clean up their own back yard then come back with your "holier than thou attitude"…

  27. edna says – reply to this


    I'm always puzzled when people that are cheated on get angry at the 'other' woman or man. The 'other' women or man didn't promise you anything. He or she wasn't telling you that they loved you or holding your hand. Be pissed at the person that betray you–the person that was holding you in your bed, looking in your eyes and lying to you . . .not the other person,


    the other women

  28. 28

    read it on yahoo yesterday!wow perez, no longer queen of gossip?

  29. 29

    Yo Haldeman…first, the chick ain't even good looking, so why the fuck do you care? Second, any chick that would even want to fuck Letterman, much less one who actually fucked Letterman, is a whore and why would you want to be with w whore. Get a life you fucking loser.

  30. 30

    My good friend who stars in twilight, really wants to be on David letterman when they do the whole media circuit. I really hope they are on Letterman, i love his interview style.

  31. 31

    All of these people need to go away. Stephanie's a whore. Joe's just stupid. Dave needs to keep his pants zipped and add monogamy to his vocabulary.

  32. 32

    If money didn't motivate the guy then why did he take a chance on a prison term to demand money when all he had to do to hurt Letterman was go public with the scandal. Duh.

  33. 33

    Re: LusciousLiz – exactly!

  34. 34

    It's ingenious that Letterman's PR folks spun this to make L man the victim. Brilliant. Move.

  35. 35

    #24 Serenity Kline : It's "WE" women, not "us." And you know what, good Lord, I don't even know how to follow your comment.

  36. 36

    I love Dave. I support him, so far.
    I will be disappointed if the affairs prove to be more than just affairs.. as far as special job advancements, favoritism, etc. for the women involved. Hope that's not the case.

  37. 37

    ummm, stephanie needs to set her standards a bit higher….those guys are fugly.

  38. 38

    that man looks scary angry….like the type to walk into someplace with a gun and start shooting……just saying

  39. 39

    "Insiders say Halderman wanted to make Letterman "miserable" for sleeping with his girlfriend (at the time), Late Night employee Stephanie Birkitt."

    Well if that's so then all he had to do was hire a private detective to get photos and other proof and then anonymously send them to Letterman's wife. If that didn't fuck up Letterman's life and make him miserable in the process then I'd have been really surprised. Scorned women tend to make their men "pay" one way or another.

  40. 40

    OH BULLSHIT!! If it was all about revenge he would have just told the story, let the cat out of the bag. Sounds like a man on a mi$$ion to me. The revenge was just icing in the cake.

  41. 41

    thats a bunch of bull he wanted money too or he wouldnt have tried to cash that 2 mil check and he is acting like a big crybaby, he just making himself look so stupid….team dave!!!yay

  42. 42

    DAVE IS A PIMP!!!! he just a horney old man ! let him be, it could have been worse he didnt murder someone or do drugs he just did the nasty! i love dave

  43. 43

    Could Birkitt have picked 2 less attractive men to sleep with? Geeee.

  44. 44

    Re: LusciousLiz – I love stickin' my dick in your eye.

  45. 45

    This is the perfect way to go about it. Letterman broke ethics and civil law by engaging in a sexual relationship with someone over whom he has power. I would lay my life's fortunate on it that the girl was upset when Letterman moved on to another intern so shew as lamenting the situation. It broke up this relationship and so he felt the best and easiest way to discredit Letterman was his scheme. Smart and brave man… even though revenge often hurts the doer as much as the victim.

  46. 46

    From what I read, Dave Letterman was involved with Stephanie as late as the fall, 2008 when they went for hikes in Montana. Halderman was probably pissed off that Dave did not like him and he was not welcome at the staff parties etc.. What woman would continue to go to staff parties and hang around with her boss, who she had an affair with when her boyfriend was being dissed like that? It is the twisted conduct associted with power and money. I agree, Halderman should have just dumped her butt, not when he found the diary, but when he was excluded from the staff parties and when his girlfriend went on hiking trips with Dave. The only real victim here is Regina Lasko, although as her relationship with Dave started while he was still involved with his previous girlfriend, his "cheating ways" should not have been a surprise…there you go, this is all just about Dave Letterman being a serial cheater.

  47. 47

    they are all FUGLY!!! I don't get it?

  48. 48

    All those bitches must have been soooo desperate to sleep with that fugly asshole Letterman!!

  49. 49

    Hey Perez..why dont you post some pictures of Letterman homely wife so we can all get a good laugh?

  50. 50

    If I thought I could get away w/it I would do the same thing! Fuck worrying about being childish! If you play w/fire expect to get burned! I would make sure they were incinerated.

  51. 51

    Im pretty sure its exactly the way to go about it. Or beat him up real good. Something along those lines. Homos like you Perez can't understand the concept cause you guys are always fucking around and the most you've ever had was an open relationship with some cock sucker.

  52. 52

    I'm not surprised he cheated ! David Letterman's wife is FUG!

  53. 53

    :::flashback::: Anyone remember "DZ Discovery zone where I can let loose and be on my own" ? oh the 90s

  54. 54

    The plot thickens.

    Even though Birkitt's daddy was a dentist, David Letterman paid for her to attend law school. She started as an intern and then was promoted, but one has to wonder about her ascent. How did her colleagues fare at Worldwide Pants–the one who weren't sleeping with the boss? She later became the cousel to Letterman. What does that say about Ms. Birkitt's sense of legal ethics?

    Halderman is troubled and stands to lose his home in Connecticut. He can't keep up his child support payments and he has been suspended from his job, though he's an award-winning producer. He'll be blackballed in the industry. Moreover, he has custody of a daughter, but this imbriglio could jeopardize that.

    David Letterman is no innocent here. He's a philandering, rich guy who feels entitled to bed whomever he chooses. This incident may well wind up costing him more than two million dollars. It could cost him his marriage and custody of his own beloved son.

  55. 55

    well at least you know stephanie doesn't go for looks.

  56. Gigi7 says – reply to this


    Re: IsawWhatUdidLastnite – Neither do the men. She doesn't look like anything special.

  57. 57

    Re: caroaber
    I appreciate reading something not laced with profanity. Thank you! However, being a philandering rich guy isn't against the law, but extortion is, therein lies the rub. I seriously don't know what that Halderman was thinking. Perhaps he will claim an insanity defense? As far as DL losing his boy, that won't happen. They don't take kids away from their parents because they sleep with other women, and Dave has far too much money for that. My guess is that if his wife has stuck by him for 25+ years, she will stick this out. I'm sure she's not stupid about what has been going on, if anything.

  58. 58

    well….this could have all been avoided if Dave just kept his dick in his pants… :/

  59. @v@ says – reply to this


    He went after the wrong person. Dave wasn't living with Halderman, and Dave might not have been given the details of the woman's personal arrangements. The woman is the one who had obligations to Halderman at the time.

  60. @v@ says – reply to this


    That said, Halderman should have walked away. You don't blackmail. Blackmail is inditable. You can't blackmail a woman into love you or regretting a fling.

  61. 61

    Re: unabashedlyballin – how is she the victim- how do you know she wasn't all for the game? She reaped the benefits. She knew EXACTLY what she was doing.

  62. 62

    Re: litzie – I totally agree with you comments about BOTH Halderman and Letterman. AND to "Go Ask Alice" a beacoup of dittos on her "Sounds like Stephanie is a bit of a whore" remark as well.
    Letterman has always been an asshole. From the picture of Halderman, he looks like a douchebag himself. The only "funny" person on late-night network tv is Craig Ferguson. He's got no band, a simple set, and some hand-puppetts YET he IS freakin' hillarious!. Ofcourse, he is in California and the atmosphere is totally different from NYC.
    I say fire Letterman AND the latest 'ho for improper fraternization, offer Fergie the job, as long as he can just stay in LA and in the same format. Otherwise, WHO says we actually NEED that much late-night variety to begin with?

  63. 63

    I agree with Go Ask Alice, Steffy was a huge whore. You live with a guy and you make out with a married man in the driveway. That smells like a whore to me.

  64. 64

    Halderman should have sold his diary and story to the tabloids. He would have not gotten the millions but at least he could have kept his job and a few bucks at most. Extorting David was stupid, but he did embarass the hell out of him. that must be rewarding to say the least. LOL