A year ago, a young man broke into the Ed Sullivan Theater, where David Letterman tapes the Late Show, and wrecked the place, peeing on the floor and flipping trash cans. Today, James Whittemore finally took a plea deal (no jail and no probation) and paid over $7,000 in restitution. He told reporters, "I never got the chance to say personally that I'm sorry to David Letterman and everyone in the theater. They'd probably tell me that I have to wait outside," and added, "I understand that the building is very historic -- it's the first place The Beatles played in the US. I would personally apologize to him if I had the chance."
Whittemore, 23, had apparently been dealing with some bad luck at the time and got drunk on beer and Jack Daniels. He said, "Someone stole my iPhone, I quit my job, my girlfriend broke up with me, I was having a rough day." Letterman, though, was able to make lemonade from the incident:
His lawyer said he had no idea where he was when cops caught him. Last year, Whittemore said he had just wanted to go sing karaoke.