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Big Time Celebs and Extortion
I usually watch the Late Show w/ David Letterman but for whatever reason, did not last night. So I wake up and watch the CBS Early Show this morning and see a clip of Dave talking about how someone was trying to use extortion as a means to extract $2 million dollars from him:
On his late night talk show Thursday, David Letterman shocked fans by revealing that someone tried to extort him over "sexual relationships" he had with female employees.
"This morning, I did something I've never done in my life," Letterman, 62, told his audience. "I had to go downtown and testify before a grand jury."
He said he had received a package from an individual who claimed to have information on his flingsandnbsp; with female employees and threatened to go to the press unless Letterman handed over $2 million.
Letterman contacted the Manhattan District Attorney's office, who launched an investigation.
Investigators advised Letterman to mail a phony $2 million check to the individual, which led to the extortionist's arrest on Thursday. Police have identified Robert Halderman, 51, an Emmy Award-winning producer, as a suspect.
Asked if he had sexual relationships, "My response to that is, yes I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would," Letterman told his audience. "I feel like I need to protect these people - I need to certainly protect my family."
And John Travolta recently had to testify in front of a Bahamian court that someone was trying to blackmail him right after the death of his son (which is foul in the foulest sense of foul).
I personally like the way that David Letterman handled it. He didn't have to put himself on blast like that in front of a live audience, as well as millions of viewers. I suppose this goes down as being "the best defense is a good offense". He could've let it play out behind the scenes but he chose to shed light on it himself. No saint, of course, but a good strategy nonetheless and I do think it shows integrity on his part, considering the circumstances.
I wouldn't want to be famous. I think that would suck... Rich? Maybe. Famous? Naaaw.