David Letterman tells audience about extortion, affairs

davidletterman_thelateshowwithdavidletterman_290.jpg UPDATE: The person arrested in the Letterman case is a fellow CBS employee.

CBS News is reporting that New York police arrested an employee of the network's newsmagazine "48 Hours" was charged with attempted grand larceny in the case. The man was arrested Thursday.

Original post below, followed by video of Letterman telling his audience about the incident.

David Letterman took time away from telling jokes Thursday to relay to his audience that he was the victim of an extortion attempt.

During the taping of "The Late Show" Thursday, Letterman also admitted that he'd had sexual relationships with members of his staff, which the alleged extortionist threatened to reveal.

A press release from his company, Worldwide Pants, says Letterman received a package a few weeks ago claiming to have information about relationships Letterman had with female employees of "The Late Show." The person asked for $2 million to keep quiet.

He then contacted the Manhattan District Attorney's office, which set up a sting that involved Letterman giving the person a fake check for $2 million. The alleged extortionist was arrested Thursday; no other details about the con artist's identity are available.

"This morning, I did something I've never done in my life," Letterman told the "Late Show" audience. "I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury."

Part of that testimony involved copping to having slept with members of his staff.

"My response to that is, yes I have," he said. "Would it be embarrassing if it were made public?  Perhaps it would. I feel like I need to protect these people -- I need to certainly protect my family."

Letterman married his long-time girlfriend, Regina Lasko, in March. The couple has a 5-year-old son, Harry.

Here's part of what Letterman told his audience Thursday night.



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