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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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31.

DollarBill    

AWARDS!

Yo Dave! Imma happy for you! Imma let you finish; but Bill Clinton is one of the Best Staff Fookers of all time...!

1791 days ago
32.

opi    

This is manna from heaven for Sarah Palin, who can say I TOLD YOU HE WAS A SLEAZEBAG!

1791 days ago
33.

yuck    

ugh, just ugh....

1791 days ago
34.

mds145    

Ewwww you sly ole' dog you Letterman. I always thought there was something creepy about you. You are an arrogant S.O.B and it's about time you got yours. Karma's a bitch Dave.

How about someone doing a "Top Ten" list about you for a change! Love to watch that. Hey Leno...you listening? Some food for thought for you eh?

1791 days ago
35.

Pamela Anderson    

Oh give me a break you guys. Lots of people have affairs, especially with people they work with. I think many would be surprised who in their lives are having affairs.

1791 days ago
36.

TCYB    

It was Sarah Palin.

1791 days ago
37.

oh yaaaaaaaaaaa    

u know what ? I like Dave, better 4 his ticker that he got the upperhand in this...he will sleep better at night now..I dunno...gonna make me watch him even more now..he is doing the right thing with the blackmailer..a shame those...this isn't a heart healthy situation for him to b in ..but ..like i said..he has made it easier to sleep at night and I hope the blackmailer goes to jail..THAT is illegal.

1791 days ago
38.

Ryan    

HAHAHAHAH they all fall eventually, don't they?? Well, at least he'll get phenomenal ratings tonight. What a jerk-off.

1791 days ago
39.

dd    

SO WHAT...HE WAS SINGLE,,DON'T GIVE THEM A DIME!!!!!

1791 days ago
40.

susan    

No sympathy here. If the man was having affairs with co-workers, while his wife and son were sitting at home, too bad, Dave. You deserve what you get.

1791 days ago
41.

UGGGGHHH    

PUT LENO IN HIS SPOT. THAT WOULD BOOST THE RATINGS AND GET RID OF THE OTHER LOSER CONAN WHO IS NOT FUNNY AT ALL.

1791 days ago
42.

yaknow    

I used to like Dave until he went after Sarah Palin. By referencing her "slutty stewardess" outfit in one of his monologues and making raunchy jokes about her teenage daughter (but I thought it was the 18 yr old!) Dave revealed his misogynistic self. So odd, because he seems to adore his Mom -- who seems to be a very sweet lady. ???

1791 days ago
43.

iknowiwasthere    





@ # 7:Don.................you wrote exactly what I was thinking!

LMAO.........How sad.

1791 days ago
44.

Dom    

Like Kanye, Williams and other he is going to say:
I am sorry !
and Donald Trump will give him a "second chance"

Like Obama said: "Jackass" !

1791 days ago
45.

Nuts    

Hey Dave how about one of those top ten lists.Bring out the staffers and have them give "Daves top ten positions"

1791 days ago
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