SHOCKER: Letterman Foils $2 Million Extortion Plot, Acknowledges Having Sex With Female Staffers


LOS ANGELES TIMES: Talk host David Letterman said Thursday that he was the victim of a $2-million extortion attempt related to his sexual relationships with staffers on CBS’ “The Late Show.” During a taping for tonight’s broadcast, Letterman told viewers that three weeks ago he was approached by a person who claimed to have information about the host’s affairs with female staff members. This person, Letterman said, threatened to expose the relationships unless payment of $2 million was received. The CBS star approached the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which began an investigation that culminated in today’s arrest of the person, whom Letterman did not identify. Letterman, 62, said that during his grand-jury testimony he admitted to the sexual relationships. “My response to that is, yes I have,” he told his studio audience. “Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps.” However, he added: “I need to certainly protect my family.” MORE

UPDATE: A CBS News employee is accused of trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman, forcing the cbsnewslogo.thumbnail.jpglate-night host to admit in an extraordinary monologue before millions of viewers that he had sexual relationships with female employees. The network said the person who was arrested works on the true-crime show “48 Hours” and has been suspended. A person with knowledge of the investigation said the suspect is Robert J. Halderman. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because authorities have not released the suspect’s name. MORE



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