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October 1st, 2009
10:26 PM ET

Letterman: I faced extortion over sexual affairs

CNN

David Letterman told his audience Thursday that he is the victim of an alleged extortion attempt and admitted to having sexual relations with several members of his staff, according to a press release from his production company.

Letterman made the announcement during taping of the "Late Show."

"This morning, I did something I've never done in my life," Letterman told his audience, according to a release from Worldwide Pants Inc. "I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury."

The 62-year-old funnyman said he received a package three weeks ago from a person who claimed to have information about Letterman's sexual dalliances, ultimately demanding $2 million to prevent public revelation.

Letterman said he went to the Manhattan District Attorney's office, which conducted an investigation, and an arrest was made earlier Thursday.

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  1. Lynne Stires

    Good for David for being proactive. How dare others capitalize on people's celebrity for ill-gotten gains. Kudos to both John Travolta and David!

    October 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm |