David Letterman is now fully qualified to be in Congress:

In an uncharacteristically personal revelation for David Letterman, the host took to his “Late Show” stage Thursday to admit that he was the victim of an extortion attempt — and acknowledge that he has had sexual relations with more than one staff member.

According to a press release sent by Letterman’s PR reps, the host first received a package three weeks ago from someone who claimed to have information about alleged sexual relations he has had with female employees of the “Late Show.”

The individual threatened to go public with the allegations unless Letterman paid him $2 million.

Letterman told his audience on Thursday that he contacted the Manhattan District Attorney’s Special Prosecution Bureau. That led to a sting operation, in which Letterman met with the individual and handed the person a fake $2 million check. That person was arrested on Thursday.

I want to meet the extortionist who accepts a check. Maybe Dave should start a “stupid criminal tricks” feature.

If Sarah Palin didn’t gain any satisfaction from Letterman’s apology a few months ago, she’s at least got enough good material now with which to get even in future speeches. (Update: Radar Online reports that a CBS producer has been arrested for the attempted extortion)

I blame Drew Barrymore for getting Dave started down the path to sin:

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