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Friday, October 02, 2009

Caught With His Worldwide Pants Down,...

A longtime CBS News producer is accused of attempting to extort $2 million from late night comedian David Letterman, a move that forced the “Late Show” host to confess to his studio audience and millions of viewers that he had engaged in sexual relationships with his female employees for years.

The alleged blackmailer is Robert (Joe) Halderman, a producer of the true-crime show “48 Hours,” current and former staffers of the program told FOXNews.com Friday. Authorities have not yet released the suspect’s name, but network officials confirm that he has been arrested.

“Everyone there has worked with him,” staffers told FOXNews.com of Halderman. “He’s a big deal there. He’s directed news specials that the CBS documentary team has produced, 9/11 stuff, Olympics, just about every big story."

Sources tell FOXNews.com that the nature of Halderman’s assignments would likely have given him access to loads of sensitive information over the years.

According to a report from MyFOXNY, the woman at the center of the scandal is Halderman's girlfriend and Letterman's former assistant, Stephanie Birkitt. The details of the alleged affair — which reportedly went on for years — were outlined in her diary and through personal correspondence, MyFOXNY reports.

Letterman said that "this whole thing has been quite scary." But he mixed in jokes while outlining what had happened to him, seeming to confuse a laughing audience at Thursday's taping about whether the story was true.

Click here for a clip of Letterman addressing the affairs, extortion.

Letterman's "Late Show" audience was the first to hear the story, which came as a shock since the 62-year-old Letterman had married longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko in March. The couple began dating in 1986 and have a son, Harry, born in November 2003. Fatherhood and his heart surgery in 2000 had seemed to mellow Letterman, who took over as the most popular late-night comedy host this summer after NBC replaced Jay Leno with Conan O'Brien on the "Tonight" show.

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At 10:39 PM, Blogger Lisa Mossie said...

That Letterman is a bottom feeding scumbag is no surprise. However, what shocked me about this video when I first saw it was the audience response to Letterman when he admits that he has had sex with several of his staffers, first the audience laughs heartily, but then they actually applaud him.


Since when is womanizing and adultery either funny or praiseworthy? What kind of bottom feeding scumbags sit in this audience?

At 6:15 PM, Blogger Realist said...

The bottom feeding, ball washing audience were afraid to be seen not laughing for fear that they would be ostracised and not considered hip by their peers. What a way to live.

Our only hope is that shortly they will begin eating their young because it is cool and the species will be extinct.


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