Kate Ward
November 10, 2009 AT 10:26 PM EST

In a Manhattan courtroom today, a lawyer for Robert Joel “Joe” Halderman — the man accused of trying to extort David Letterman for $2 million over the talk show host’s sexual relations with staffers  — said he was seeking dismissal of the indictment brought against the former CBS producer. A lawyer for Halderman told reporters, “There was no extortion. This was a commercial transaction, nothing more. [Letterman’s] celebrity is why we are here today.” Letterman’s lawyer, on the other hand, also told reporters, “Mr. Letterman is fully prepared to see this through to the end — including testifying at trial.”

The next hearing is set for Jan. 19. Prosecutors must file their response to Halderman by Dec. 15. Halderman pleaded not guilty in October. Letterman’s lawyer did not immediately respond to EW’s calls for comment.

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