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Letterman Admits To Sex With Employees

From an outraged (that anyone would bring this to light) Associated Press:

Letterman admits having sex with female employees

By David Bauder, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK – A CBS News employee is accused of trying to extort $2 million from David Letterman, forcing the late-night host to admit in an extraordinary monologue before millions of viewers that he had sexual relationships with female employees.

Letterman said that "this whole thing has been quite scary." But he mixed in jokes while outlining what had happened to him, seeming to confuse a laughing audience at Thursday’s taping about whether the story was true.

The network said the person who was arrested works on the true-crime show "48 Hours" and has been suspended. A person with knowledge of the investigation said the suspect is Robert J. Halderman. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because authorities have not released the suspect’s name.

A "48 Hours" producer named Joe Halderman was part of a team nominated for an Emmy for outstanding continuing coverage of a news story in a news magazine in 2008. Two numbers listed for Halderman were disconnected, and a message left at a third number was not immediately returned Thursday.

Letterman’s "Late Show" audience was the first to hear the story, which came as a shock since the 62-year-old Letterman had married longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko in March. The couple began dating in 1986 and have a son, Harry, born in November 2003. Fatherhood and his heart surgery in 2000 had seemed to mellow Letterman, who took over as the most popular late-night comedy host this summer after NBC replaced Jay Leno with Conan O’Brien on the "Tonight" show.

Letterman sat behind his desk to outline the scheme after a monologue that targeted some frequent foils like Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney.

Three weeks ago, Letterman said, he got in his car early in the morning and found a package with a letter saying, "I know that you do some terrible, terrible things and that I can prove that you do some terrible things." He acknowledged the letter contained proof.

He said it was terrifying "because there’s something insidious about (it). Is he standing down there? Is he hiding under the car? Am I going to get a tap on the shoulder?"

Letterman said he called his lawyer to set up a meeting with the man, who threatened to write a screenplay and a book about Letterman unless he was given money. There were two subsequent meetings, with the man given a phony $2 million check at the last one. Letterman joked it was like the giant ceremonial check given to winners of golf tournaments.

He told the audience that he had to testify before a grand jury on Thursday.

"I was worried for myself, I was worried for my family," he said. "I felt menaced by this, and I had to tell them all of the creepy things that I had done."

He said "the creepy stuff was that I have had sex with women who work for me on this show. My response to that is yes, I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Yes, it would, especially for the women."

Whether they wanted to make the relationships public was up to them, he said.

"It’s been a very bizarre experience," he said. "I felt like I needed to protect these people. I need to protect my family. I need to protect myself. Hope to protect my job."

CBS said in a statement that "we believe his comments speak for themselves."

Perhaps as a defense mechanism, Letterman sprinkled his remarks with jokes: "I know what you’re saying," he said. "I’ll be darned, Dave had sex."

He said he wouldn’t talk further about it, and recited a Top Ten list. But it wasn’t far from his mind. During banter with actor guest Woody Harrelson, Letterman said, "I’ve got my own problems."

It was not immediately clear when the relationships took place or how long they lasted. Letterman’s "Late Show" has been on the air since 1993. Before that, "Late Night with David Letterman" aired on NBC from 1982 to 1993.

Letterman won’t be taping a show Friday. Friday night’s show was taped Thursday.

Alicia Maxey Greene, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, declined to comment.

It’s the second set of embarrassing headlines for Letterman in four months. In June, he apologized to Palin for making a crude joke about the former Republican vice presidential candidate’s 14-year-old daughter. Although there was a small "fire Letterman" demonstration outside of his studio later, CBS stood by its late-night star.

Last fall Letterman sharply denounced Palin’s running mate, John McCain, for abruptly canceling a "Late Show" appearance. Weeks of withering jokes by Letterman eventually forced McCain to come on the show and beg for forgiveness…

Well, Mr. Letterman should be a real laughingstock now.

But he’ll get the Polanski treatment from the media, the feminists and the other professional hypocrites. After all, this is just a “second set of embarrassing headlines.”

Even so, notice how Mr. Letterman could not resist going after Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney one more time.

Note too that during Mr. Letterman’s ‘confession,’ the audience laughed.

Maybe our country’s moral standards really are in the dumpster.

Or people are so used to Mr. Letterman not being funny they think they had better laugh at everything, whether it is humorous or not.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Letterman Admits To Sex With Employees”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Letterman is a joke for a human being.
    I wonder if the women had to sign letters of consent before having sex with this pig!

  2. NickB says:

    Letterman has never been funny, and I haven’t watched him in years, and only did so if someone of true interest to me was on. Paul Schaffer was far more funny than Letterman could ever dream to be.

  3. BillK says:

    In 2001 or so, Letterman was funny.

    Since then he’s degenerated into a hateful, cranky old liberal.

    Remember, liberals never get caught up in sex scandals, the hardcore feminists won’t allow it.

    Were this any conservative, NOW would be demanding his dismissal.

    Instead, this will be dismissed as friendly office sexual liasons by the left.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    One thing is for sure….by his being “open” and “up-front”….there is FAR MORE to the whole story than he indicates. He probably has done these bad things, sure…but what he’s not saying is the financial arrangements, the threats, the affects to the married women on the staff..and other lives that are damaged or ruined because of his Clinton-esqe behavior.

    Fortunately, we can always be sure that a cocky, arrogant SOB like him will always step on their own d**k.

    Obama’s turn is coming.

  5. P. Aaron says:

    I pay Letterman the highest compliment I can: I don’t watch his stupid lame-ass TV show.

  6. proreason says:

    For a lot of people, liberalism is simply a way to forgive oneself for otherwise unforgiveable behavior.

    Letterman is a perfect illustration.

  7. Has Palin weighed in? I see the comments about her daughter in a whole new light now.

    It is remarkable that in all the reports I have heard, none have noted that he is married with a young daughter.

  8. Reality Bytes says:

    His Production Company’s name is World Wide Pants & you’re surprised?

  9. Media_man says:

    For what it’s worth, the CBS producer who was the blackmailer obtained the inside information from Letterman’s longtime sidekick Stephanie (she’s the one who hands out the free dinner passes to the guests when Letterman does his audience schticks, like “Guess Your Cuts of Meat”, etc.).

    She & Letterman were doing the nasty for years & she had just broken up with the Blackmailer. He had gotten her diary & who knows what else, & approached Letterman for the payoff.

    My question is was Stephanie in on the blackmail & who else on the inside helped to gather the blackmail documents?

    Treacher has a great top ten list on his site “Top 10 Reasons to Take that Job offer from David Letterman”


  10. canary says:

    And to think he finally married his son’s mommy just weeks ago and just had Obama on his show.

    I wrote the school my son couldn’t watch the Obomie “Show”. I hope they got the pun.

  11. Tater Salad says:

    David Letterman is a pure hypocrit. He bad mouths everyone from the right with his diatribes on stage (Palin for example) all the while he has been banging half of his female staff. Maybe him a Elliot Spitzer should get together and join a comedy hour tour in Vegas. For sure he should have Spitzer as his first guest on his show since the “revealing”. What a creep!

  12. bobbys says:

    I heard him still mock SP then i thought , Hey this is great stuff He Proved himself a Sleazebag and Proved SP right, The Stooge just opened the door wide open for SP to start her run for Office.

    Her worst critics are holding bluff cards and when the bluff is called have to fold.

    Guess Obama cant call Dave in the middle of the night{remember those 3am phone calls} to have him do his dirty work for him while pretending to be above it all anymore..

    PS thanks for selling 10 more million books for SP

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