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Letterman Says Someone's Extorting Him

10/2/2009 1:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

SECOND UPDATE: 11:58 PM ET TMZ has learned the identity of the alleged extortionist who was arrested today for attempted grand larceny in the first degree. He is 51-year-old Robert "Joe" Halderman who lives in Norwalk, CT. He is a producer for "48 Hours" and has been suspended pending results of the investigation.

David Letterman
says someone has demanded $2 million from him in return for not blowing the lid on Letterman's sexual liaisons in his office.

David Letterman Extortion
Letterman said on his show tonight he received a package 3 weeks ago from someone claiming to have info about sexual escapades between Letterman and some female employees on his staff.


The individual said Letterman would have to pay $2 million to keep the info secret.

Letterman went on to say he contacted the Special Prosecution Bureau of the Manhattan D.A.'s office. He said the D.A. investigated and cut a phony $2 million check to the alleged extortionist who was arrested today.

Letterman says he testified today before the grand jury. In his testimony, he says he acknowledged sexual relationships with members of his staff.

Letterman married his girlfriend of 23 years last March.

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Barb    

Great fodder for Sarah Palin !!

1814 days ago
17.

Jill    

gross.

1814 days ago
18.

feebee    

He's a Dirt Bag !!

1814 days ago
19.

litzie    

Can't wait to hear what Howard Stern has to say about Dave's dalliances over the years...


Will he "stick-up" for his supposed CBS friend or ridicule him for being an aged horn dog?

1814 days ago
20.

EllasJazz    

Oh, great, thanks, Dave; you have just put life back into Sarah Palin's vendetta against you after the joke you made a few months ago about Palin's daughter and Palin's consequential "dirty old man" comments she put out against you in response. With these actions of yours, you have strengthened her looney base. She will probably be releasing a press release, "I was right about Letterman!" very soon. Thanks alot. Unless the extortionist is a pal of hers...Naw, too far-fetched. Way to go, Dave, guess Conan is top dog (until we have to hear about HIS extracurricular junk).

1814 days ago
21.

Hates Conan like crap    

That fu**ing gap-toothed prick!

1814 days ago
22.

RNB    

Just N-A-S-T-Y! He should have paid the $2 million, his poor wife and kids, so sad!!!

1814 days ago
23.

moneytalks    

The extortionists out there should know by now that the celebrities are not going to give into these threats any longer.The world of today is much different than that of years ago. Also, it is too bad that the celebrities cannot behave better and to get back to better morales.

1814 days ago
24.

snickers    

Laughs at his own jokes.

1814 days ago
25.

Holly    

Well I'm a democrat, but Sarah Palin was right about one thing: keep your kids away from this creep.

1814 days ago
26.

BDM    

I'm grossed out that David would sexually harass his staffers. As if Leno spending a fortune on porn and strippers isn't enough. We need more women on late-night TV.

1814 days ago
27.

keith    

WOW his ratings are going to go through the roof after this !!

1814 days ago
28.

Bigshott    

First off, were the staff that had sex with Dave, guys or girls? Did he tap his foot in a mens room stall?

If they were girls, their name should be broadcast over the TV so we can see who has no standards and extremely poor judgment. How hardup do you have to be to sleep with David Letterman.

Dave took a staffer to a Yankees game and Alex Rodriquez knocked her up during the 7th inning streach.

1814 days ago
29.

JONS MOMMA    

WHYD THIS OLD DOG EVEN BOTHER TO HAVE A GIRLFRIEND FOR 23 YEARS IF HE WAS JUST GOING TO BE SNIFFING OTHER B!TCHES @SSES ANYWAY?? I HOPE HE GETS SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUITS THROWN AT HIS DUSTY, SHRIVELED UP @SS LEFT AND RIGHT

1814 days ago
30.

Politico Pablo    

Dave you sly dog you, I never believed that story about having the same girl friend for 23 years. NOW I SEE how he was able to have the same girl friend for 23 years.

1814 days ago
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