Ohhhhhh wowsers. Someone backed David Letterman into quite a corner. The late-night host admitted at a taping of his show this afternoon that someone attempted to blackmail him for $2M as a result of sexual relations he’d had with members of his staff.
During the taping of his CBS late-night show in New York, Letterman discussed receiving a threat to either pay $2 million or risk the relationships being made public.
In a release from the show’s production company, Letterman said he referred the matter to the Manhattan district attorney’s office and that an investigation ended in an arrest Thursday. Letterman did not identify the person he said was arrested.
As part of the investigation, Letterman said he issued a “phony” $2 million check to the individual and the arrest followed — along with testimony by Letterman.
“This morning, I did something I’ve never done in my life,” said Letterman. “I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury.”
In his testimony, he said he acknowledged sexual relationships with members of his staff. It was not immediately clear when the relationships took place; Letterman and longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko married in March. The couple began dating in 1986 and have a son, Harry, born in November 2003.
“My response to that is, yes I have,” Letterman said. “Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would. I feel like I need to protect these people. I need to certainly protect my family.”
I’m going to go ahead and assume that the relationships took place while he was with his current girlfriend. If they happened before 1986, why would he feel threatened by a blackmail attempt? Who cares who banged whom in 1986? But obviously Letterman’s World Wide Pants are living up to their name. I’m waiting on a clip of the actual Letterman broadcast so I can embed it … let me know if you come across it on YouTube.
Update: Vid is above. Awwwwwkward. TMZ reports that 51-year-old Robert Halderman, an employee of 48 Hours, has been arrested, and CBS has suspended him pending results of the investigation.