Manhattan DA Used Sting To Stop Letterman Plot

A CBS News employee has been indicted in an alleged blackmail plot against David Letterman.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau announced the indictment Friday against Robert "Joe" Halderman.

Morgenthau says his office used an undercover sting operation to catch Halderman.

Letterman says he found a package of embarrassing e-mails and photos in his limousine.

His attorney took the evidence to the prosecutor's office office, which set up an undercover sting at a hotel.

New York police detectives were in an adjoining room with recording equipment and surveillance.


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David Letterman acknowledged on Thursday's show that he had sexual relationships with female employees and that someone tried to extort him over the affairs.

During the taping of his CBS late-night show in New York, Letterman discussed receiving a threat to either pay $2 million or risk the relationships being made public.

In a release from the show's producer, Letterman said he referred the matter to the Manhattan district attorney's office and that an investigation ended in an arrest Thursday. Letterman did not identify the person he said was arrested.

As part of the case, Letterman said in a release that he testified before a grand jury and acknowledged sexual relationships with members of his staff.

CBS spokesman Chris Ender says "Letterman's comments on the broadcast tonight speak for themselves."


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2009 at 07:37 PM
    Reader I think you just wanted to comment. Why should he apologize to his fans? He wasn't married why should he have to apologize for having a sexual encounter with someone he work with? Don't mean it's right but isn't that what people do? People feel why buy the cow when you can get the milk free, so sad.
  • by Mama of 2 Location: Pitt Co on Oct 2, 2009 at 12:53 PM
    Lavon I finally agree with you on something. I am glad he stood up to a blackmailer.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Oct 2, 2009 at 10:16 AM
    Ok so he had sex with someone he works with, so what did he do wrong?? I've done it many times before I got married and im sure many of you have also... I didn't know there was a law against having sex with someone you work with..
  • by B Location: Greenville on Oct 2, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    Has everyone so focused on Letterman's sexual activities that they've missed the fact the he stood up to an extortionist? Though he may be guilty of a pecadillo, he not only prevented but exposed a felony. The VAST majority of our legislators (local, state, national, Democrat, Republican, and independent) oould learn a lot from Mr. Letterman. Remember the South Carolina governor? He should have Mr. Letterman's courage. Lest the Republicans feel slighted, remember President Clinton? I never heard Mr. Letterman say, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." If more Americans had the courage of Mr. Letterman, society would be a better place.
  • by reader Location: nc on Oct 2, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    He's just like everyone else in show business.He doesn't care.If it feels good,do it.It's disgusting. He never appologizes to his fans or anything, he just makes a joke of it.There are some Sick people out there..and HE'S one of them.
  • by Henry Location: Greenville on Oct 2, 2009 at 06:38 AM
    Caught! Dirty Dave's in trouble.
  • by D Location: NENC on Oct 2, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    Dave was not married BUT he was in a long term commited (supposedly) relationship with the mother of his child. So while you may not consider it adultery, it is cheating just the same. With that said, he's no different than the millions of other people cheating right now.
  • by Buzz Location: MillCreek on Oct 2, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    Just more of the same-O from the hollywood elite. But in Dave's defense, the same things are happenning right here in smallville, less the 2 million extorsion part of course. Buzz-
  • by mom2 Location: new bern on Oct 2, 2009 at 05:45 AM
    I do not condone what he did but have to agree with mom on this one. As long as he nor the employee were married at the time I don't see that he did anything wrong. Two consenting unmarried adults. There are just some crazy money hungry people out there!
  • by me Location: eastern nc on Oct 2, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    i agree with devil dog. He loves getting on t.v. embarrassing others now its his turn. Like the saying goes "YOurs sins will find you out" He would have never told it if he hadnt been threatened
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