More news on the David Letterman case: gossip site TMZ.com has identified the extortionist as 51-year-old Norwalk, Connecticut resident Robert Joe Halderman. CBS News ID's him as a CBS employee, while Radar Online has the scoop that Halderman works on the newsmagazine "48 Hours" and "lived with the woman who David was involved with." The Radar report elaborates that the affair happened before the birth of Letterman's 6-year-old son Harry, but he was living with now-wife Regina Lasko at the time.
In an update, TMZ reports that Halderman has been suspended pending results of the investigation.
Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke has this statement from CBS:
CBS was made aware of an ongoing police investigation involving David Letterman and an employee at 48 Hours, who was subsequently arrested earlier today on charges of attempted grand larceny in the first degree. CBS is cooperating fully with the authorities and the employee has been suspended pending the results of the investigation. Mr. Letterman addressed the issue during the show’s broadcast this evening, and we believe his comments speak for themselves.The show's airing is still a couple hours away here on the West Coast, but HitFix blogger Daniel Fienberg Twitters that "Letterman just spun the extortionist as a Puritanical nerd and got cheers for sleeping with staffers."
Update: The New York Daily News is now reporting that according to "public records," 31-year-old Stephanie Birkitt once lived with Joe Halderman.