Daily Dish: David Letterman was the Target of a $2 Million Blackmail Attempt
The late-night funnyman made light of the serious situation on his show
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
Comedian and Late Show host David Letterman admitted that he was targeted by an extortion scheme on his show Thursday night.
Letterman said the alleged extortionist, Robert “Joe” Halderman, claimed to have information about Letterman’s sexual relationships with some of his employees, including Stephanie Birkitt, Letterman’s former assistant, and threatened to go public with the information unless he received $2 million.
Halderman claimed to have Birkitt’s diary, photos, and correspondence between Birkitt and Letterman that served as proof of their affair that ended before 2003. As Letterman’s assistant, Birkitt told the press several times that “Dave is truly the greatest boss I could ever have.” She had appearances on the show many times, sometimes as a character named “Vicki.”
Letterman contacted the Manhattan district attorney’s office, which arranged for Letterman to meet Halderman and hand over a fake check for $2 million and arrest him.
As it turns out, the allegations were true. Letterman admitted to having affairs with female staffers in an effort to make light of the serious situation (watch the video below).
“The creepy stuff was that I have had sex with women who work for me on that show. My response to that is, yes I have. I have had sex with women who work for me on this show. “
Letterman tried to use his self-deprecating humor to make light of the situation: “Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would. Especially for the women.”
It might have been hard for Letterman fans to find humor in his jokes. The Late Show host was famous for avoiding marriage, despite being in a long-term relationship and having a child. Letterman finally married his companion of over 20 years, Regina Lasko, in March. They have a 5-year-old son, Harry. (NY Post)