October 2, 2009

Letterman suspect is ’48 Hours’ producer

CBS said the suspect arrested for allegedly trying to blackmail U.S. talk-show host David Letterman is an employee of the network's 48 Hours program.

Letterman told the audience at Thursday's taping of CBS' Late Show with David Letterman that he testified before a grand jury in Manhattan that a man had demanded $2 million from him for keeping silent about sexual relationships Letterman engaged in with female members of his staff.

Letterman, who this year married his longtime girlfriend Regina Lasko, admitted on the air Thursday that he had had sex with employees of the show. When the liaisons took place, however, is unclear.

CBS was made aware of an ongoing police investigation involving David Letterman and an employee at '48 Hours,' who was subsequently arrested ... on charges of attempted grand larceny in the first degree, CNN quoted a statement from the network as saying. CBS is cooperating fully with the authorities and the employee has been suspended pending the results of the investigation.

CBS News identified the suspect on its Web site as producer Joe Halderman, a 20-year-plus veteran of CBS News.