David Letterman Says Someone Attempted to Extort Him Over Affairs

On Thursday night's "Late Show," David Letterman said he'd had affairs with female employees and had been targeted by someone trying to extort him over the relationships.

After performing his opening monologue as usual, Letterman took a seat at his desk and explained -- with a mix of seriousness and his trademark humor -- that about three weeks ago he'd received a package from an individual threatening him to pay $2 million or chance having the news of his affairs come to light.

Letterman said he went to his attorney about the threat and they decided to arrange a meeting with the individual allegedly attempting to extort him. After the meeting, during which the alleged extortionist reiterated his intentions to disclose Letterman's affairs in a screenplay, Letterman said he and his lawyer called the Special Prosecution Bureau, a division of the Manhattan district attorney's office.

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