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Top 10 reasons why David Letterman's sex saga is not funny

He and CBS need to take office trysts more seriously. They can be harmful.

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Many a happy marriage can come out of a workplace romance.

But too often an office tryst involves a boss and a subordinate, and/or an extramarital affair. These can lead to exploitation, expected favors, and broken trust – not to mention tragic emotional or legal consequences.

This week America learned of another workplace affair involving the powerful and the less powerful when "Late Show" host David Letterman admitted that he has had "sex with women who work for me on the show."

He also told of his cooperation with law enforcement officials in revealing a $2 million extortion attempt by someone who knew of his dalliances and worked on the CBS TV show "48 Hours."

Almost monthly, news breaks about an elected official, religious leader, or respected celebrity who violates social norms or the law by having a sexual relationship with someone tied to their work.

There is the heart-breaking and perverse example of the campaign affair of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. And then there is the unethical attempt by Sen. John Ensign (R) of Nevada to cover up an affair with a campaign aide by arranging a political consulting job for her husband.

Wasn't the Oval Office affair of President Clinton, and the impeachment related to it, enough of a wake-up call for Americans to be wary of dangerous liaisons at work?


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