During taping for Monday’s Late Show, David Letterman publicly apologized to his wife, Regina Lasko, for his affairs with various female staffers. Letterman admitted his sexual affairs on the Late Show last Thursday and revealed he had been the victim of a blackmail attempt by CBS producer Robert Joe Halderman over his sexual escapades.
“Let me tell you folks, I got my work cut out for me,” Letterman said on the Late Show Monday about his relationship with Lasko.
David Letterman said Lasko, the mother of his six-year-old son, “has been horribly hurt by my behavior, and when something happens like that, if you hurt a person and itâ€™s your responsibility, you try to fix it,” Letterman said. “And at that point, thereâ€™s only two things that can happen: either youâ€™re going to make some progress and get it fixed, or youâ€™re going to fall short and perhaps not get it fixed…”
Letterman also apologized to his staff during Monday’s taping. “Inadvertently, I just wasn’t thinking ahead,” Letterman said. “My thanks to the staff for, once again, putting up with something stupid I’ve gotten myself involved in.”
Appearing on the Today Show Monday, accused blackmailer Robert Joe Halderman‘s attorney said David Letterman is not telling the full story about his client’s alleged extortion attempt.
“Look at the fact that there was a $2 million check,” said defense lawyer Gerald Shargel. “In the history of extortion, I don’t think there’s been a single case where the alleged extortionist took a check in payment. It just doesn’t make any sense.”
Shargel said Late Show host David Letterman was not telling the full story when he announced Halderman has attempted to blackmail him over past sexual affairs with female staffers. “I look forward to cross examining David Letterman because I don’t think the full story is before the public,” Shargel said.
â€œIf you only hear David Lettermanâ€™s side of the story, take it at face value and say, â€˜Turn off the sets, that Haldermanâ€™s guiltyâ€™ â€” I think thatâ€™s plain wrong.â€
David Letterman dropped a bombshell on Thursday by revealing he was the victim of an extortion attempt by Robert Joe Halderman, an employee of the CBS news program 48 Hours.
On the Late Night with David Letterman show Thursday, Letterman spilled details of an extortion plot by Joe Halderman to bilk $2 million from the late night talk show host in exchange for keeping quiet about Letterman’s sexual affairs. Not just affairs with random women, no, Letterman said he has “had sex with women who work on the show.â€
Robert J. Halderman threatened to go public with Letterman’s affairs with female staffers, including former assistant Stephanie Birkitt,Â and demanded $2 million to keep his mouth shut. Birkitt allegedly lived with Halderman and was reportedly instrumental in providing him with evidence in the extortion plot.
Just a note here, David Letterman just married Regina Lasko, his girlfriend of 20 years – and mother of his 6-year-old son – back in March. Letterman’s affairs with Birkitt and other female staffers were going on at least until 2002-2003 according to unverified reports.Â Ouch.
Letterman said he received a package three weeks ago from Robert Halderman containing proof of his sexual affairs and a note stating: “I know that you do some terrible, terrible things.” Letterman told his audience on the show Thursday night: “Sure enough, contained in the package was stuff to prove that I do terrible things.”
Instead of paying the $2 million bribe, however, Letterman went to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Letterman was reportedly instructed to write Halderman a fake check for the extortion amount. Once the fake money had exchanged hands, Halderman was arrested on charges of attempted grand larceny on Thursday.