Creepy old guy preying on young - young enough to be his daughter's & grand-daughter's - female staffers over a period of decades.
Oddly, many pieces have been *careful* to report Letterman's assertion that he has been faithful since his marriage - a marriage, as it happens, to one of his former staff. What almost every report omits is that Letterman was in a relationship with his now wife for at least 23 years - and that he got married in March 2009. Yep. That would be all of seven months ago. His claims, therefore, of faithfulness since his marriage take on a dark tinge of self-serving spin.
Yes, perhaps after having had young women on-tap at his place of work for decades makes his seven months worth of fidelity a truly exemplary achievement, but, jeebus, really, pull the other one dude.
"The single most distasteful aspect of this episode is the deliberate stocking of the “work” environment with receptive “playthings” for Dave’s amusement, like a sultan stocking his harem. Letterman never needed to set foot outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre to procure female company.
While women like Birkett and Regina Lasko, his former staffer, now wife, were complicit, it does have a hideously repellent feel to it."
An ugly old guy, with a house in Dubbo and a bit of savings or a job is a very attractive proposition for some young thing in Asia or Russia, or even Australia. It's relative and it has ever been thus. There will always be young women prepared to overlook the repellent factor so as to have their life circumstances enhanced by the perceived power and wealth of some old guy. And it's only ever men of relative power or wealth who attract these young women. They don't seek out unemployed 50 or 60 year old's living in a housing commission flat. Do all those old geezers understand this, or do they truly believe that they're *special*, that they're so attractive and virile that women of all ages - but mostly young! - find them inherently irresistible?
What does the Letterman story tell us about Dave? Only that, despite his fame and wealth, he is so pathetic and inept at finding or wooing women, and so incompetent at intimacy, that his sexual and emotional needs had to be met with a never ending supply of young women on his payroll.
Here's the only intelligent piece I've read so far, which is written by one of Letterman's former writers ... not a long piece and you won't feel tawdry when you're done -