NEW YORK (CBS) David Letterman, during a taping of tonight's Late Show, admitted to having sexual affairs with women in his office and said that there has been a recent attempt made to extort money from him.
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The following is part of a statement released by Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants:
Letterman said that three weeks ago he received a package from an individual who claimed to have information about Letterman's alleged sexual relationships with female employees of the Late Show and threatened to reveal them if Letterman did not pay the individual a large sum of money. Subsequently, according to Letterman, the individual identified the necessary sum to be $2 million.
Letterman said that he referred the matter to the Special Prosecution Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney's office, which Letterman said conducted an investigation, which included his issuing a "phony" $2 million check to the individual, and culminated in the individual's arrest earlier today.
"This morning, I did something I've never done in my life," said Letterman. "I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury."
Letterman said that, in his testimony, he acknowledged sexual relationships with members of his staff.
"Would that be embarrasing? Yes it would, especially for the women," he said half in jest.
"My response to that is, yes I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would," said Letterman. "I feel like I need to protect these people - I need to certainly protect my family."