Today I blog at Huffington Post about the extortion attempt against David Letterman, Letterman’s decision to turn to the authorities, and potential lessons for the likes of Senator John Ensign and Roman Polanski. An excerpt:
“If David Letterman had to be blackmailed over past sexual misconduct, he could not have chosen a better time. His on-air disclosure of the “terrible things” he’d done, and the subsequent threats he faced from a would-be extortionist, came four days after Roman Polanski’s arrest on a three-decade-old warrant and mere hours before the front-page of the New York Times front-page story revealed additional details about the “aid” Senator John Ensign gave to his mistress’s husband.
Letterman reportedly makes “well over” thirty million dollars a year. Even if we round down, the blackmail demand was less than seven percent of his annual salary, the equivalent of about twenty-seven hundred dollars for a man who makes forty grand: not a bad price for silence.
But Letterman, despite whatever idiotic (or worse?) things he may have done with women on his staff, was wise enough to realize that silence isn’t permanent and peace of mind can’t be bought.”
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