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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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115 Responses to “David Letterman Admits Affair, Faced Extortion Plot”

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  1. 51
    pan Says:

    What is this a Joke?

  2. 52
    becky Says:

    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

  3. 53
    be real Says:

    @Halli: goes with the job!

  4. 54
    bobbi Says:

    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.

  5. 55
    Tom Says:

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

  6. 56
    lol Says:

    @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?

  7. 57
    to cheap Says:

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

  8. 58
    hpaugh Says:

    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.

  9. 59
    dallas dallas Says:

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

  10. 60
    on the money Says:

    @Jan: you are so on the money

  11. 61
    Alice Says:

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

  12. 62
    I n F a m o u s l y C o o l Says:

    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 *******. leno still owns you.

  13. 63
    sowhat Says:

    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.

  14. 64
    lee Says:

    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…

  15. 65
    pam Says:

    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!!!!!

  16. 66
    riri Says:

    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.

  17. 67
    for real he would Says:

    @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.

  18. 68
    Anakin Says:

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

  19. 69
    hpaugh Says:

    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.”

  20. 70
    Anakin Says:


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

  21. 71
    Tina Loo Says:

    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!

  22. 72
    hpaugh Says:

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

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

  23. 73
    Not surprised Says:

    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.

  24. 74
    for real he would Says:

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

  25. 75
    Cellphone Says:


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

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