Chris Nashawaty
January 19, 2010 AT 06:19 PM EST

A judge on Tuesday refused to throw out the criminal case against a TV producer accused of trying to blackmail David Letterman, according to the Associated Press. Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Charles Solomon ruled against Robert J. Halderman’s bid to get his case dismissed. Prosecutors allege that Halderman, a 52-year-old producer for CBS’ 48 Hours Mystery, demanded $2 million from the Late Show host in exchange for silence on the subject of Letterman’s affairs with staffers. Halderman counters that he was simply offering Letterman the chance to buy a screenplay based on his life. The case prompted Letterman to reveal his indiscretions on his show in October. Halderman faces 15 years in jail if convicted. His next court date is March 9.

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