A new Vanity Fair article takes a deep look into the Letterman extortion scandal, and what it finds out is kind of weird. It turns out that 62-year-old Letterman has a certain "electricity" that drives many female staffers crazy. “It’s like a cult,” says one former insider "It’s like Jesus Christ saying, ‘Hey, let’s go to dinner!' You’re going to go, ‘Wow! He chose me!’"
Though most view Letterman as an ironic elder statesman of television, former Letterman segment producer Madeleine Smithberg says he has a "magnetic force." She tells Vanity Fair "You want to be with him; you want to be close to him. And when you are, you feel good." Apparently many female staffers gave in to his advances, most notably on-air sidekick Stephanie Birkitt.
Robert "Joe" Halderman, former CBS News producer and Birkitt's ex-boyfriend, now faces criminal charges for trying to extort $2 million from Letterman in exchange for not revealing a script he wrote that dramatized Letterman's affairs. Letterman publicly admitted his affairs once it looked like Halderman was going to go public with the information. And now that this is out in the open, we can all rest peacefully with the image of countless ladies swooning for Letterman's raw sexuality. Now hit the showers!