David Letterman

A lawyer for the CBS producer accused of blackmailing David Letterman says his client was only attempting to sell the Late Show host a screenplay, according to The Associated Press.

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"There was no extortion. There was a screenplay for sale," Gerald Shargel, Robert J. Halderman's attorney, said in a statement outside of the courtroom. "There was a commercial transaction. Nothing more."

Despite Shargel asking that the case be dismissed, Letterman's lawyer is not backing down. "It's classic blackmail, no matter how Mr. Halderman's lawyer wants to dress it up," Daniel Horwitz told the AP.

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Halderman, 51, pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree grand larceny.