I don’t think Correction Department records use the word “icon,” but nevermind:

The former television producer who tried to blackmail David Letterman was freed Thursday after four months in jail for a plot that put a spotlight on the comic icon's office affairs, city Correction Department records show.

 Robert "Joe" Halderman got time off for good behavior from his six-month term at the Rikers Island jail complex, but he isn't done with his sentence: He still has to complete 1,000 hours of community service, and he'll be on probation for five years.

 Halderman, 52, pleaded guilty earlier this spring to attempted grand larceny. He admitted he demanded $2 million in hush money last fall to keep from revealing personal information about Letterman, presenting his threat in a somewhat colorful form: as an outline for a thinly veiled screenplay about the "Late Show" host being ruined by disclosures about his personal life.

Here’s the guy.

AP photo

AP photo

 Hmm: have we seen that expression before, worn by someone with a middle name in quotes? Why yes:


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