David Letterman Admits Affairs, Claims Extortion

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A CBS News employee has been arrested and charged with trying to extort $2 million from late-night TV host David Letterman. Letterman said he received a note that requested the money in exchange for not revealing Letterman's secrets. Letterman publicly admitted Thursday night that he has had affairs with women on his staff.


The late-night television host David Letterman told a story about himself on the air last night.

(Soundbite of "Late Show with David Letterman")

Mr. DAVID LETTERMAN (Comedian, Talk Show Host): I'm motivated by nothing but guilt. If you know anything about me, I am just a towering mass of Lutheran Midwestern guilt.

(Soundbite of laughter)

INSKEEP: Letterman said somebody tried to take advantage of that guilt. He got in his car one morning and discovered a note that said, in effect: I know you do some terrible, terrible things. The note's author wanted $2 million not to write a screenplay revealing David Letterman's secrets.

(Soundbite of "Late Show with David Letterman")

Mr. LETTERMAN: I'm like you, I think - really? That's a little - and this is the word I actually used - that's a little hinky(ph).

(Soundbite of laughter)

INSKEEP: Last night, Letterman publicly admitted he has had affairs with women on his staff. He's given testimony against a CBS News employee who has now been arrested for extortion.

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