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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York judge refused on Tuesday to toss out a case against a TV producer accused of a $2 million extortion attempt against David Letterman over the talk show host's sexual affairs with co-workers.
New York State Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon rejected a bid by the producer's lawyer to have the charges dismissed, saying instead that "this is a classic example of an issue that is best left for a trial jury to decide."
Robert Joel Halderman, 52, a producer for the CBS news show "48 Hours," was indicted by a grand jury in October and pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted grand larceny.
Letterman admitted on his "Late Show with David Letterman" on CBS last year that he had sex with women who worked with him on the program after receiving a package threatening to reveal the details.
"It's on to the next step," Halderman's attorney Gerard Shargel told reporters outside the courthouse.
The case has been adjourned to March 9. If convicted, Halderman faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
Reporting by Basil Katz; editing by Christine Kearney