October 2, 2009 / 2:52 AM / 10 years ago

David Letterman victim of extortion plot-reports

NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Late-night U.S. television talk-show host David Letterman said on Thursday he was the victim of a $2 million extortion plot related to sexual affairs he had with members of his staff, according to media reports.

CNN reported that Letterman told his audience during the taping of CBS’s (CBS.N) “Late Show with David Letterman,” that he received a package three weeks ago from a person who claimed to have information about his sexual activities and demanded $2 million to avoid going public.

Letterman said he went to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which conducted an investigation, resulting in an arrest earlier on Thursday, CNN said.

There were no immediate details on the suspect.

Letterman told a grand jury that he had relations with members of his staff, news reports said.

“My response to that is, yes I have,” he said. “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.”

The New York Daily News said investigators instructed Letterman to mail a phony $2 million check to the individual, which led to the extortionist’s arrest on Thursday.

Letterman married longtime companion Regina Lasko in March. They have a son born in 2003.

Writing by Peter Cooney, editing by Philip Barbara

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