updated 01/20/2010 AT 6:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/20/2010 AT 7:00 AM ET
A request by suspended CBS producer Robert Joel “Joe” Halderman – accused of attempting to extort $2 million from David Letterman – to have the case dismissed was denied Tuesday
Halderman’s defense – apparently modeled after the hush-money agreements reputedly brokered for Tiger Woods’s mistresses – was that he was simply offering the CBS Late Show host the opportunity to buy a thinly veiled screenplay about his life.
But New York City Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon called the offer just a “hard-driven” business deal and Halderman’s behavior a “classic example of an issue that is best left for a trial jury to decide.”
On Oct. 1, Letterman announced Halderman’s purported scheme on his CBS show. The D.A. said that Halderman waited outside Letterman’s Manhattan apartment Sept. 9 at 6 a.m. to give him a package and say that he needed a “large chunk of money.” He was hoping to sell a “screenplay treatment” and told Letterman that his life was about to collapse around him.