David Letterman acknowledged on his Thursday night show that he had sexual relationships with female employees and that someone tried to extort US$2 million from him to keep the affairs secret.
Letterman told the audience that he had to testify before a grand jury. He was ‘worried for myself, I was worried for my family,’ he said. ‘I felt menaced by this, and I had to tell them all of the creepy things that I had done. The creepy stuff was that I have had sex with women who work for me on this show,’ he said.
‘My response to that is yes, I have. Would it be embarrassing if it were made public? Yes, it would, especially for the women.’
What I didn’t get is: Why is it ‘creepy stuff’? Why would it be especially embarrassing for the women? Is he assuming they would be embarrassed?
Sexual expose and tales of extramarital affairs no longer shock. The other party involved is at times celebrated as some sort of elevated sexual symbol. If anything, these women might find themselves with book and/ or movie deals.
I am curious whether these women were genuinely won over by his charms, sexual prowess or the honor of bedding the host of the show they worked for. Is this a case of sexual exploitation or harassment at work since he undoubtedly wields considerable power at the workplace? Or were these women trying to better their lives by seducing a man who is financially more well-off?
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