Letterman felon to skip Emmys despite nomination

Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:22pm EDT
 
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By Allison Hope Weiner

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Robert "Joe" Halderman, the Emmy-nominated news producer who went to jail for attempting to blackmail David Letterman, won't attend the News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York on Monday.

Halderman, who was released from jail in early September, served four months of a six-month sentence for trying to extort Letterman. He is Emmy-nominated for his work on an episode of CBS' "48 Hours Mystery" about the case of Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of murder in Italy.

Halderman's lawyer, Gerald Shargel, confirmed that the former CBS news producer would skip the Lincoln Center awards ceremony, explaining that "he's not doing any interviews and just wants to return to a quiet and productive life."