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Vanity Fair David Letterman Article: Late Show Set 'Like A Cult' (VIDEO)

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First Posted: 05/02/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:40 PM ET

A new Vanity Fair article, by Mark Seal, takes a closer look at the circumstances surrounding the alleged attempt to extort David Letterman over an affair he was having with a staffer. The resulting scandal, which led to Letterman admitting to multiple liaisons with "Late Show" staffers, put the spotlight on the atmosphere around the show's set, which one former staffer describes as "like a cult."

The late night host is an out-sized presence, to say the least. His charisma is apparently so powerful it could physically affect you, according to one female staffer who described the hair on the back of her neck raising on end when Letterman would come up behind her.

Seal also examines what led alleged extortionist Joe Halderman to break down and confront Letterman with his bizarre threat to write a screenplay about the affair unless the host paid him to keep quiet. The case is heading to trial and Letterman is said to be willing to testify.

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