David Letterman not subject to CBS policy; Birkitt cheated on Halderman with Dave
A lot of people who still care about whom David Letterman sleeps with have been wanting to know whether he violated CBS' Business Conduct Statement by having a relationship with a subordinate, and the answer is yes. Too bad Dave doesn't technically work for CBS.
"CBS recognizes that consenting romantic or sexual relationships may develop between a supervisor and a subordinate (whether such supervision is direct or indirect). These relationships frequently lead to complications and significant difficulties for the supervisor, the subordinate, others in the workplace, and CBS," the relevant provision of the network's policy reads, according to TMZ.
"If a consenting romantic or sexual relationship between a supervisor and a direct or indirect subordinate should develop, CBS requires the supervisor to disclose this information to his or her Company's Human Resources Department to ensure that there are no issues of actual or apparent favoritism, conflict of interest, sexual harassment, or any other negative impact on others in the work environment."
The guidelines say CBS "will take steps that it deems appropriate to protect the workplace environment" if it finds out about coupling that violates the policy. The complication, the site says, is that Dave is an employee of Worldwide Pants, his production company, and the company says he's in the clear.
"We have a written policy in our employee manual that covers harassment, the company told TMZ. "It is circulated to every employee every year. Dave is not in violation of our policy and no one has ever raised a complaint against him."
Well of course he's in the clear -- he owns the company that wrote the policy. Meanwhile, the New York Post says it may know why CBS producer Robert Halderman was trying to blackmail Dave: it looks like girlfriend Stephenie Birkitt was still cheating with the Late Show host after moving in with the 48 Hours Mystery producer.
Her diary apparently reveals that she was still getting rides home from Letterman to the place she shared with Halderman in Connecticut, and even went to Letterman's ranch in Montana while her new man stayed home. Think that would have made Halderman a little angry?