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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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46.

Bobo Frog    

TMZ...we need pictures of the staff members Letterman is porking so we can create a mental picture. Get on it!!!

1764 days ago
47.

lovemichaelforever    

someone trying to make money out of a secret that is not a secret if you have any brains whatsoever in your head? Office escapades for a high profile man--I'm shocked! Glad they caught the idiot.

1764 days ago
48.

steverino    

What a pathetic old fool he is!

1764 days ago
49.

Seacrest is a Shorty    

OOOOOOPS!!!! Dave was caught with his pants down. No more marriage jokes....

1764 days ago
50.

whocares    

Ahhhh David, you see no one walks on water. What goes around comes around and well...Karma. Finally, why do famous people cheat...they are always going to be sold out, the g.f. get pregnant ask Mel Gibson and John Edwars, the accidently on purpose release a photo or sex tape.......

1764 days ago
51.

Fisher    

Manhattan NOT Manhatten.

1764 days ago
52.

iknowiwasthere    



Dam$!!!! 2009 is the year of getting SCREWED!..........in more ways than one.

1764 days ago
53.

mr.dna    

Dave's wife pays these hos to bleep him so she doesn't have to. Probably hopes he has a heart attack too.

1764 days ago
54.

anonymous    

Palin was behind this!!! I would bet money on it.

1764 days ago
55.

Austin    

People STOP USING THE TERM . Eewwwwwwww!!!! it was so last year. Hey Dave..give it a rest

1764 days ago
56.

Mac    

Cool mover Letterman.

1764 days ago
57.

Twinker    

File this one under "Stupid Human tricks"

1764 days ago
58.

John    

David will not be able to make fun of Palin anymore since he seems to have even more to make fun of. Yep, Dave you better leave Palin alone or she will just fire back....."What do you expect from a Dirty Old Man" LOL

1764 days ago
59.

buzz1234    

KARMA...is a Biatch DAVE....
I guess the Last Couple Of Years, with your Crappy Monologue...it would soon creep up on YOU...
ANd You was sooooo Scared it would effect your FAMILY...OH you only THINK of yourself, when YOU ARE AFFECTED....
POOR DAVE.....SON OF A BIATCH.....
I guess YOU NOW KNOW how it FEELS, when SOMEONE was Affecting YOU.
Yet never Understood People Protesting you when You were Out of bounds with others and their families....maybe next time THINK....

1764 days ago
60.

Ziggy    

Who would be stupid enough to attempt to cash a $2 million dollar extortion check? They should list this guy as the World's Dumbest Criminal ever. What a dumb tard!!

Hello Ms. Bank Cashier Lady, I usually make $7.00 an hour and I have a negative balance in my account because I bought some crack last night. Please excuse my bad breath, my crackpipe made my teeth fall out. Oh yeah, I have a $2 million dollar phoney check I need to cash. Will there be a problem with that?

1764 days ago
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