Oh those heady days of early October, when bike lane battles and doomsday MTA plans weren't even whispers in the ear. Suspected talk show host extortionist Robert "Joe" Halderman, who is tangled up in all sorts of shenanigans involving Late Night host David Letterman back in October, was in court yesterday, where it was revealed that he was an extremely paranoid dude: he feared that Letterman might cause him to lose his job, burn his house down, or even murder him.

Halderman was seeking to dismiss the attempted grand larceny case, which caused Letterman to disclose on-air that he had had affairs with staffers. But prosecutors revealed audio from Letterman's wire-wearing lawyer, James Jackoway, who recorded two meetings with Halderman, essentially smashing his argument that he was just trying to sell a screenplay.

According to the Post, Halderman ranted about how "crazy" and "dangerous" Letterman might be, saying: "I'm an employee in good standing, but should I be fired, mysteriously ... If my house burns down ... Any number of things that, I don't know this person, I've never met this person, I have no idea who or what he is or is capable of...What is to stop somebody from hurting me? What's to stop somebody from doing any, any one of a number of things for whatever reason? As I said to you, the only way to be sure that I never talk to anybody is for somebody to kill me. Well, you know, I don't want that to happen."