EXCLUSIVE: Man Arrested For Extortion Lived With Woman Who Slept With Letterman

Oct. 1 2009, Published 9:11 a.m. ET

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An NYPD source has told that the suspect under arrest in the David Letterman extortion case was a producer for CBS’s 48 Hours, Robert Halderman. Halderman often went by his middle name Joe and currently has a residence in Connecticut.

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A source close to the situation told that Letterman met with Halderman several times as part of the police operation leading to the arrest.

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Letterman Victim Of Attempted Extortion, Admits Affairs With Staff Members has also learned that the alleged extortionist lived with one of the woman who David was involved with.

The affair happened a long time ago, before his son Harry was born, and before he got married, but he was living with his wife to be at the time.

Halderman needed money police say and decided to target Letterman.

The woman still works on the show but is no longer involved with David.

The Letterman scandal exploded Thursday when the talk show host told his studio audience what was going on. At one point he said: "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."

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The extortionist was given a phony $2 million check and his arrest followed that transaction.

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Letterman admitted to sexual relationships with members of his staff. "My response to that is, yes I have," Letterman said, regarding his liaisons. "Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Perhaps it would. I feel like I need to protect these people. I need to certainly protect my family."

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Letterman married Regina Lasko in March of this year. The couple began dating in 1986 and have a son, Harry, born in November 2003.

Sources tell that Dave’s sexual relationships happened before the marriage, but during his relationship with Lasko. His relationship with the woman connected to the extortionist has apparently been over for a long time.



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