‘A Purely Commercial Transaction’

Letterman blackmail suspect Joe Halderman was in court today, and as Felix Gillette reported, he had no interest in plea bargaining.

In fact, he’s asking the judge to dismiss the extortion case altogether, says TMZ. Halderman’s lawyer calls what occurred between his client and the comedian “a purely commercial transaction”: Halderman just wanted to sell Letterman a screenplay, no big deal.

Shargel also said that Letterman “created and fostered an environment of workplace sexual misconduct that under any definition, amounted to actionable sexual harassment”

And that the Letterman’s relationship with Stephanie Birkitt “continued through at least last summer.”

But, other than that: all business.

‘A Purely Commercial Transaction’