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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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  • ann

    It sucks that has happened to David but really? What do you expect when you’re famous and you’re sleeping around. Though he and his wife were just married, they were together since 1986. Yes they were not married at the time he cheated but they were still together. Just because there is not a ring on the finger does not give permission to cheat.

  • lakers fan in boston

    i personally dont care
    ive never really cared for his comedy so whatever
    altho i will say it’s kinda shocking

  • joseph

    now, david will get a real taste of his own medicine. maybe he’ll be a little bit nicer and more sensitive next time to someone else’s misfortune, accident, hardship, failure! he’s always been kind of acidic compared to other late night tv jokesters out there. lessons learned here for him i hope, then maybe he show will be number one for a change after all these years being second rated.

  • cosi

    best way to handle extortion attempts!

  • simpleman

    What Letterman said. He said many American women are whores.

  • simpleman


    The audience applauded his affairs. Amazing isn’t it? Welcome to the real America. The land of so many stupid people. I was surprised to see so many stupid people in this wonderful too.

  • christine


  • you can’t be serious

    @DallasDude: like letterman on arod, palin, clinton or any one else?? he is in the entertainment world ! so by that he made it everyone business! just like he does every one else! no class

  • jojo

    Anyone that had sex with Letterman had to have been forced!

    This guy is so yesterday it’s not funny. He’s been a puppet for the democratic party for years and has had an agenda with each and every monologue. He’s a bitter, angry washed up two bit whore.

    Ever wonder why so much controversy and mayhem surrounds this man? There are many skeletons yet to be unveiled!

  • emmy jay

    I am glad he put it on the table and didn’t let the media “discover” his affairs.

    He wasn’t married, and the women were adults and it was consensual. The power of a rich man is very alluring for some women. Don Imus called this “a hiccup” for Letterman. Worse things have happened, and the insulating world of being a very well paid celebrity will protect him from any damage. The women he was with are not complaining, or suing him, are they? Nope. After all, he paid college tuition for Stephanie B. Who’d complain?

    If anything, he’ll walk away with higher ratings!

  • ● shy

    I don’t blame him for having sex outside the marriage.
    He’s charming, sexy, elegant, intelligent, can have whoever he wants.
    I’m so sorry for all this.
    I kind like watching his talk show, he has a great sense of humour. I think he’s a brilliant comedian!

  • Chau

    I always thought he was a weirdo. Same thing with Larry King. unfunny douche.

  • ● shy

    @emmy jay: Is he divorced? Oh. Anyway, I’m sorry for him.

  • asdf

    This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by CBS. :(

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