Letterman admits affairs, claims extortion

LOS ANGELES (AP) - David Letterman acknowledged on Thursday's
show that he had sexual relationships with female employees and
that someon1e tried to extort him over the affairs.
During the taping of his CBS late-night show in New York,
Letterman discussed receiving a threat to either pay $2 million or
risk the relationships being made public.
In a release from the show's producer, Letterman said he
referred the matter to the Manhattan district attorney's office and
that an investigation ended in an arrest Thursday. Letterman did
not identify the person he said was arrested.
As part of the investigation, Letterman said he issued a
"phony" $2 million check to the individual and the arrest
followed - along with testimony by Letterman.
"This morning, I did something I've never done in my life,"
said Letterman. "I had to go downtown and testify before a grand
In his testimony, he said he acknowledged sexual relationships
with members of his staff.
"My response to that is, yes I have," Letterman 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
CBS spokesman Chris Ender said Thursday that "Letterman's
comments on the broadcast tonight speak for themselves."
Letterman and longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko married in March.
The couple began dating in 1986 and have a son, Harry, born in
November 2003.
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