David Letterman Faces Down Extortionist

NEW YORK: CBS says the person who tried to blackmail late night TV host David Letterman worked on “48 Hours,” a crime-investigation series on the network. During the taping of last night’s “Late Show,” Letterman told the audience he’d had affairs with woman who worked at the show, and that someone was leaning on him for $2 million not to tell.

Letterman said he’d found a package in the backseat of his car one morning on his way to work.

“I usually don’t receive packages at six in the morning in the back of my car,” he said.

The note said, “I know you do some terrible, terrible things, and I can prove you do these terrible things. And sure enough there was stuff... that proved I do terrible things,” Letterman said.

The person in question said he was going to write a screenplay about Letterman’s behavior and put it in a movie.

“That’s a little hinky,” Letterman said. “I just want to reiterate how terrifying this moment is.”

Rather than write a check, Letterman called his attorney, who arranged a meeting with the individual. The Manhattan district attorney’s office subsequently launched an investigation leading to an arrest of the unidentified employee.

Letterman is married to his companion of 23 years, Regina Lasko, and has a young son.