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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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Wow. He shoulda just paid the man off. I have lost respect for him now.

1825 days ago


Time to retire. His liberal monologs turned me off years ago. He's a hypocrite. How dare he make fun of Palin or anyone?

1825 days ago


My gosh goody goody 2foot being extorted. Nows the time for Palin to get him good. Pay back is awful. Maybe he can make jokes on himself now and not about children.

1825 days ago


Yeah I'm so rich and you are all such pansies that I'd rather admit to my lecherous ways and bullied sex acts than let my victims extort any of my millions from me. Thank you for your continuied blind support.


1825 days ago


Letterman a graduate of Ball University, Indiana. We now know what you majored in. Hypocrisy must have been you're minor. How the devil could you stand up in front of good Americans and bash Palin because a 17 year old daughter got pregnant? Never heard of that one? I just had a thought. Did any on your staff have an abortion??

1825 days ago


How appropriate that within the same week the hypocritical and elitist liberal capitals of Los Angeles and New York produce shining examples of what they tout are righteous examples for this country. Roman Polansky and David Letterman. Both are clearly deviants in any normal society. Yet unlike most deviants who hide their secrets, these guys and their “friends” openly are so demented and evil that they carry on hypocritical lives while torturing normal persons in mid America with their hypocrisy by tearing down other and their defenseless children. I hope all Palin supporters demand CBS fire their pervert once and for all. If not because Letterman is a demented soul but at least to save corporate face in light of massive sexual harassment in the work place. Oh yeah....CBS didn’t have a problem with BJs in the White House, Barney Frank running a brother in his house and ACORN promoting 13yr old prostitution.

1825 days ago


I am hoping that they take off one of these idiot men of late night and replace with Chelsea Handler. That woman is FUNNY.

1825 days ago


David Letterman sleeping with more than one women who works in his office. What a cheap pimp. He called Palin's and daughter names.

1825 days ago


Any woman on his staff, with he being the president of "worldwide pants, inc" could have easily sued him with the EEOC's help for huge sums of money under Sexual Harrassment rules. Its the oldest trick in the book when you're a boss, to utilize power over underlings for sexual purposes. There was no need to try and extort him---even if they went willingly, this would be a slam dunk of using undeniable power and celebrity to demand sex from employees.

Glad he got exposed anyway----hes truly a CAD. May he suffer emotionaly...and I'm sure every paparazzi in town will be stalking his female staff members---so thanks for that kind of "protection" for them Dave.

1825 days ago


He'll probably get out of it by saying his 23 yr relationship went through periods where they would seperate and during those times is when he was fooling around. Just a guess anyway ....

1825 days ago

who has the facts? ME    

And Sarah Palin went onto foreign soil in a Communist country and trashed our president.
What David Letterman does in his private life is his business - if you don't like him, don't watch. He is not an elected official.
Sarah Palin shoud have her citizenship revoked for treason.
And, btw, the only reason her book is #1 is because conservative groups are buying it in massive quanties to boost her popularity. Do they not know that kind of thing is easy to track??

1825 days ago

Real People    

Oh My Dave......

1825 days ago


Carmine Gotti , the grandson of mobster john gotti,
is soon to release an album & thats not the only
things he's releasing. Word is he's going to come
out of the closet. he has been a homosexual for
years and has been exposed to HIV.

Read more:

1825 days ago


Just saw him joking about it on TV.


1825 days ago

Real People    

Dave just got done talking about it on the show......... Again, Oh My.... His poor girlfriend of 23 years. How emharressing

just now at Midnight talked about it on his show. Oh My Dave...... What about your then girlfriend and now wife of a 23 yr. relationship.... Tsk Tsk........ Its a shame.

1825 days ago
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