UPDATE – I just watched tonight’s episode of The Late Show With David Letterman and he did tell the extortion story and he admitted to having sex with members of his staff. What was so surreal about the entire thing was he set the story up as though it it was going to be funny so I don’t think the audience knew he was serious until it was over. Here’s a clip of the moment when he admits to having sex with members of his staff and you can hear the audience members laughing. Weird weird weird. I will post up the full video as soon as it’s available.
I’ve created a new post with the entire confession video as well as a complete transcription. My typing fingers are hurting!
According to deadline.com, talk show host David Letterman has revealed someone tried to extort $2 million from him in exchange for not revealing information about Letterman’s sexual liaisons with members of his staff. He made the announcement during the taping of his show, due to air tonight.
Letterman contacted the District Attorney’s office and a fake $2 million dollar check was given to the extortionist, who was then arrested earlier today.
The real explosive part of the case is this (from deadline.com):
Letterman said that, in his testimony, he acknowledged sexual relationships with members of his staff.
“My response to that is, yes I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would,” said Letterman. “I feel like I need to protect these people – I need to certainly protect my family.”
As you may know, David Letterman married his girlfriend of 23 years Regina Lasko in March.
More details as they unfold!
UPDATE 11:00 PM 10-1-09 – The identity of the alleged extortionist has been revealed, according to TMZ. “His name is Robert Halderman. He’s 51 years old and lives in Norwalk, CT. Halderman has a business in Manhattan, where he was arrested today.”
UPDATE 11:00 PM 10-1-09 – Apparently Rogert J. Halderman goes by “Joe Halderman” and he is a producer on the show 48 Hours!