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David Letterman Admits Affair, Faced Extortion Plot

David Letterman Admits Affair, Faced Extortion Plot

David Letterman admitted on Thursday that he had sexual relations with female members of his staff and was the victim of a $2 million extortion attempt because of it.

Here’s what the 62-year-old star said on Thursday’s Late Show:

On giving a testimony: “This morning, I did something I’ve never done in my life. I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury.”

On admitting to engaging in sexual relationships with staff members: “My response to that is, yes I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would.”

On why he testified: “I feel like I need to protect these people – I need to certainly protect my family.”

With the help of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Special Prosecution Bureau, Letterman participated in a sting operation that included David handing a counterfeit $2 million check to the extortionist, who was arrested on Thursday.

Letterman married longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko in March (they’ve been dating since 1986). They have a son, Harry, who turns 6 next month.

UPDATE: Robert Halderman, a producer for CBS, has been arrested for extorting Letterman. Radar reports he lived with the woman who Letterman was involved with. The affair happened before his son was born but Letterman was living with his wife-to-be at the time.

David Letterman Admits Affair, Faced Extortion Plot
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  • pan

    What is this a Joke?

  • becky

    Talk about shocking and disappointing……………is he gonna get fired for all the hanky panky going on behind close doors at his show…..of all places………DUMB…………talk about the line of women at his work that could file sexual harassment charges………….OH, NO DAVE U DIDNT

  • be real

    @Halli: goes with the job!

  • bobbi

    Who is saying anything about sexual harassment. Letterman had affairs with women he worked with. Consentual affairs. He didnt rape. He didn’t force. It was consentual sex between two adults.

    Big deal. Adults have sex. Adults also have sex with co-workers. Was it the smartest idea? No.

    He is the victim of an extortionist.

  • Tom

    I am proud of Letterman for getting some action. Good work David.

  • lol

    @DallasDude: backwards, david has made his living off making jokes out of this type of situations. now for our top ten? how many stds have david letterman given away? name david’s favorite positions? what are david’s favorite code words to meet? david’s favorite out to lunch places? harry name the top ten ways daddy disrespects mommy? how many were men and how many women?

  • to cheap

    @l.boot: Nope, David was to cheap to pay! He doesn’t care about his wife!

  • hpaugh

    The sad part in all this is how he’s turned depraved behvior into a joke. What’s even sadder is the fact that his live audience applauded his affairs. Welcome to the America of hope and change.

  • dallas dallas

    @DallasDude: david wouldn’t let any other well know person move on without how many jokes and top tens!!!!!!

  • on the money

    @Jan: you are so on the money

  • Alice

    Maybe now his wife will leave him and take Harry. Run Regina, no telling what else he has done!

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l

    unexpected?!? what do you mean?!?!?! david letterman’s a huge fcuking douchebag. that’s no secret. he’s one of the biggest sarcastic ass hole douchebags around.
    dude fcuked countless females that work(ed) for him.. do you know how many of those females probably ONLY did it because they feared they might lose their job? c’mon.. i don’t feel sorry for this ass hole. for years he’s been cracking on peoples business and now look at him.. even dirtier than them.
    i wonder how his wife feels. ahahaha..
    karma’s a fcuking bish, you old ass bastard. leno still owns you.

  • sowhat

    The only way this would be a big deal is if he had the affairs while carrying on his relationship with his longtime girlfriend who is now his wife. And, even then… should only be a big deal to HER. Why is this such HUGE news?????? The most sordid part of all is the person who tried to gain 2 million dollars from it. Maybe that is what all the whoop-dee-do is about. Anyway, let’s move on.

  • lee

    It’s usually the guy that ridicules everyone else and their children that has the most skeletons, this guy is a douche, carrying on with his employees what a creep, Sorry Hollywood this guy takes the cake…

  • pam

    How would you like having a boss like this hypicrite, I hope FOX NEWS has a field day with this one, what goes around comes right back around LMAO!!!!!

  • riri

    I feel bad for him, but I don’t think it’s legal to sleep with your employee.
    Especially if that female wanted a promotion and then it could be considered sexual harrassment.

  • for real he would

    @riri: feelbad for letterman? look at how many people he has made fun of doing the same thing! he would be making fun of the person and the extortion! at the expense of the other person and their families without batting an eye.

  • Anakin

    David can’t even spill his guts without people cracking up, what a weird world we live in

  • hpaugh

    I can’t imagine why anyone should feel bad for him. Anyone who has an affair knows the risks and potential consequences.

    He is making a mockery out of the institution of marriage and of the family. He said he wants to protect his family – what a joke. He knowingly has made his family a victim of his infidelity. His son will be scarred for life.

    He shows his selfishness with a monologue that does nothing but depict himself as a victim. If he wants to go public with this, where is his apology to his wife? Where is his apology to his son? Where is his apology to his fans? Where is his apology to the Lutheran’s? In the words of my long deceased grandmother, “He ought to have his bag slit and his leg ran through it.”

  • Anakin


    Take your religious and sanctimonius bullsh1t and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

  • Tina Loo

    Funny how alot of these people posting are fans of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. These two were messing around on set. Ha, ha to hypocrites everywhere. Palin was a politician. Big difference people!

  • hpaugh

    @Anakin: It is no surprise that his ilk would support him.

    FYI, marriage is an institution of God, hence the religious context.

  • Not surprised

    Not surprised. Who cares anyway. Tell me this is Jimmy Kimmel not funnier than all of these talentless late night host anyway?? He is definitely better than Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Carson Daly, Leno aint too sure about Conan. Yet his ratings are behind them all. You cant possibly find Fallon funnier comeonnnnn.

  • for real he would

    @Anakin: wow, what’s up? lol. hpaugh has a lot of good points. now for our top ten…………..

  • Cellphone


    Agreed. No scandal here.
    Good for David stand up to this legally instead of pay.
    And these sexacpades happened before he and Lasko married.

  • hello

    Ok Conan time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DallasDude

    In case you haven’t come into the real world, folks, we don’t stone people any longer for having affairs. Unless other information comes out that proves he forced these women to have sex, this is strictly a private matter that he chose to make public before the tabloids turned it into sordid gossip. I can easily think of a Top 10 list of other worse offenses.

    And again, he is an entertainer with a shtick for cracking jokes and interviewing people. His comments about others are to get a laugh. The whole Palin episode was totally overblown by Palin herself. She should have just said she didn’t like the “joke” but remind people that he’s an entertainer and it’s his job to make fun. Instead, she turned the whole episode into a political and social tirade. That alone would make me doubt her realistic view of life today.

  • Big buck

    @Halli: People wonder why he is attacking Palin constantly? She stands for values and he has none.

  • Anakin


    What infidelity, we don’t know for certain the timeline of his affairs, according to the article, Dave wasn’t married to his girlfriend at the time he had an affair with the alleged extortionist’s girlfriend. So far the only thing he’s guilty of is cheating on his girlfriend. And it isn’t against the law to have affairs with your suboordinates, bad taste, ethically wrong, yes, but not against the law.

    Marriage may be an institution of God, but with the failure rate of most marriages, it isn’t much of one.

    Apology to the Lutherans?, when you’ve got pedophile priests, sex offenders who become priests (i thought it was the other way around), and pastors who cheat on their wives, they and their ilk are the last who should demand apologies.

  • Anakin

    @Big buck:

    But he doesn’t preach from a high horse of moral values like that wingnut Palin, that is the difference.

  • hello dude

    @DallasDude: now let’s have some fun at dave’s and his family expense! Top Ten: Harry how many times has your father cheated on your mother during their marriage. Harry what does it feel like to be a ***tard – that was for dallas dude since it doesn’t matter because it’s just entertainment , Name Letterman’s stds……

  • nik

    I love Dave and I would totally do him. Now I get to imagine some women actually got to.

  • hpaugh

    @Anakin: Anakin, you mix Lutherans with Catholics with Episcopalians, etc.. Nothing was said about Letterman being a pedophile. Do you know something the rest of us don’t – like you know when he did and didn’t have his affairs. Your support for your arguments are full of holes and contrivances.

    I bid you adieu – Proverbs 26:4

  • Anakin


    You didn’t mention the part about pastors cheating on their wives…Selective reading perhaps?

    Let he who is without sin…cast the first stone, I doubt you and your cotemporaries can honestly cast anything, more like people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Anakin 3:16

  • for sure

    @Anakin: Stop deflecting this isn’t about Palin it is about David Letterman! He has spent his entire career making jokes, monlogues, top ten at other’s expense… now Letterman himself is a sleeze. karma, that is what it is!!!!!!!!!!!

  • what are you saying

    @Halli: then he shouldn’t be in show biz! so you shouldn’t have pictures and these sites shouldn’t be here is that what you are saying?


    I notice he never apologized to his wife who had been his live in girlfriend for about 25 years at the time. I don’t believe he’s sorry, only sorry he got caught.

  • leave hpaugh alone

    @Anakin: are we talking about pastors or Letterman! I didn’t read about any pastors in the article. you (hpaugh and anakin) could be one in the same with your scriptures.

  • DallasDude

    Most likely, he apologized to his wife in private, and probably a long time ago. Firstly, it happened before they were married. Secondly, it was a very known thing that he dated one of his writers for quite awhile in the 80s. Obviously, his now wife has either forgiven him, or didn’t count it against him to begin with. Not all affairs are sordid. That’s a belief system instilled upon us by outsiders. If your belief says it’s bad, then so be it. But there are many people who probably see this as strictly a personal matter, and one that does not really concern them.

  • DallasDude

    Oh, and BTW, I do belief in total separation of Church and State. I do not want to abolish religious study, but I do not want it to be part of our civic discourse. I can elect leaders who belief in faith, but not ones that preach it as law.

  • poot poot

    LOL……always thought he was a jerk.

    but….someone on this post said Palin had values.

    LOL LOL LoL./……..i could go on and on!

    Gave me a big laugh today

  • barron797

    Who cares? He’s very unattractive and he’s an entertainer, not a religious or political figure.

  • Anakin

    @leave hpaugh alone:

    We’re talking about people from the religious right saying Dave owes an apology to them, considering all the cr@p that’s been going on in their churchs over the years, they are the last people who should be owed one. And I doubt very much hpaugh and I are the same with our scriptures. hpaugh needs to get off his high horse, the fall could be pretty hard.

  • En(e)ma Wattsun

    He’s an “entertainer” who isn’t very entertaining. What he really is is a stupid smuck who has gotten into a mess. For the national good I hope this ruins him. Prolly won’t since there are lots of people as stupid as he who take comfort in his existence.

  • lola

    never liked him and never will

  • Barbara

    Leave David alone!! Let even one of you cast the first stone…as if you can say….You have never sinned!! He has a little boy & wife to think of now, so let him get on with his life! He has faced a lot with the heart problem, someone trying to kidnap harry. Dave is human ….just like the rest of us!

  • sharon

    I just saw the segment fully, what an arrogant son of a bitch. Unbelievable, sexual exploitation in the workplace is not funny at all.

  • 100mph

    Well!!! I for one don’t care who’s fuc^ing who, as long as it’s not rape ..
    there are many different sides to doing the DO.. all were adults (I hope)
    As for the sleazy extorter, good for Letterman, finally using his head
    .. Ooops!! no pun intended. ( ;

  • noshame

    Ewwww…. Who was that desperate to have sex with that man? For the women’s part, it’s got to be more than the act of sex; something tells me it’s about your boss telling to do certain things and you are obligated to do it. Letterman should be fired for having a sexual relationship with his subordinates as anybody would be if he works for a company.

  • Nyor

    Well, his big confession didn’t work for me! II was only tendered to keep the scandal sheets from breaking it. He was much too smug for me and actually came across as bragging & proud of the whole thing especially his role as staunch crimefighter……..Way to go superman, another victory in Metropolis!