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NY Daily News: Rush Limbaugh in Pill Probe -- Talk radio star had drug habit, maid sez
NY Daily News & Drudge ^ | October 1, 2003 | Tracy Connor

Posted on 10/01/2003 10:41:34 PM PDT by lainie

Talk-radio titan Rush Limbaugh is being investigated for allegedly buying thousands of addictive painkillers from a black-market drug ring.

The moralizing motormouth was turned in by his former housekeeper - who says she was Limbaugh's pill supplier for four years.

Wilma Cline, 42, says Limbaugh was hooked on the potent prescription drugs OxyContin, Lorcet and hydrocodone - and went through detox twice.

"There were times when I worried," Cline told the National Enquirer, which broke the story in an edition being published today. "All these pills are enough to kill an elephant - never mind a man."

Cline could not be reached for further comment yesterday, but her lawyer, Ed Shohat of Miami, said his client "stands behind the story."

The Daily News independently confirmed that Limbaugh is under investigation.

His lawyers, Jerry Fox and Dan Zachary, refused to comment on the accusations and said any "medical information" about him was private and not newsworthy.

They said Limbaugh - who has a top-rated syndicated radio show but resigned early today from a weekly ESPN football segment amid criticism of racial comments about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb - was traveling and had no comment.

The Palm Beach County state attorney's office, which is running the probe, said it could not confirm or deny the allegations.

Scoring in parking lot

Cline told the Enquirer she went to prosecutors with information about Limbaugh and others after four years of drug deals that included clandestine handoffs in a Denny's parking lot.

She said she wore a wire during her last two deliveries to the conservative commentator and gave the tapes to authorities.

She also gave the Enquirer a ledger documenting how many pills she claimed to have bought for him - 4,350 in one 47-day period - and E-mails she claimed Limbaugh sent her.

In one missive, Limbaugh pushed Cline to get more "little blues" - code for OxyContin, the powerful narcotic nicknamed hillbilly heroin, she said.

"You know how this stuff works ... the more you get used to, the more it takes," the May 2002 E-mail reads. "But I will try and cut down to help out."

The account Cline gave the Enquirer is that she became Limbaugh's drug connection in 1998, nine months after taking a housekeeping job at his Palm Beach mansion.

It started after her husband, David, hurt himself in a fall, and Limbaugh asked how he was.

"He asked me casually, 'Is he getting any pain medication?' I said, 'Yes - he's had surgery, and the doctor gave him hydro-codone 750,'" Cline said. "To my astonishment, he said, 'Can you spare a couple of them?'"

Husband's pills

Cline said she gave Limbaugh 10 pills the next day and agreed to give him 30 of her husband's pills each month. When the doctor stopped renewing the prescription in early 1999, Limbaugh allegedly went ballistic.

"His tone was nasty and bullying. He said, 'I don't care how or what you do, but you'd better - better! - get me some more,'" Cline said.

The housekeeper said she found a new supplier and arranged to hide Limbaugh's stashes under his mattress so his wife, Marta, wouldn't find them.

After several months, Limbaugh told her he was going to New York for detox and didn't need any more pills, Cline said.

But a month later, he said his left ear was hurting and asked her for hydrocodone, followed by an order for OxyContin.

Limbaugh, 52, suffered from autoimmune ear disease, a condition that left him deaf and had to be corrected with cochlear implant surgery two years ago.

Cline said she continued to make deliveries to Limbaugh even after she quit as his housekeeper in July 2001 - but he became increasingly paranoid, even patting her down for recording devices, she said.

In June 2002, Limbaugh told her he was going to New York for detox a second time.

After he returned, "I went to talk to him, and he cried a little bit," she said. "He told me that if it ever got out, he would be ruined."

She claimed that a lawyer for Limbaugh gave her a payoff - $80,000 he owed her, plus another $120,000 - and asked her to destroy the computer that contained the E-mail records.

Soon after, Cline and her husband retained Shohat and contacted prosecutors.

TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
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To: CyberAnt
CyberAnt wrote: Yeah, and the sky is falling! I don't agree with anything you said.

We'll see and it won't take to long to get a pretty good indication.

I have a gut feeling that there's something to this story even though the part about how many pills he took might be exaggerated.

I'm a retired cop and this story rings true in the main.

181 posted on 10/01/2003 11:25:20 PM PDT by quidnunc (Omnis Gaul delenda est)
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To: lainie
So, tomorrow’s headlines:

Rush a Druggie and resigns from ESPN

Arnold gave chicks titty-twisters

North Korea continues to pump nukes

Chemical and Biological weapons intercepted to Kuwait from Iraq

What else will happen??? I'm almost afraid to go to sleep.

182 posted on 10/01/2003 11:25:33 PM PDT by Porterville (Someday soon, you or someone you care about will be imprisoned by the US government)
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To: Sir Valentino
Nooooooooooooo ... those who use phoney scip, go from drugstore to drugstore and since he flies all over the USA, he could get the scrip filled in N.Y., Fla., and the other states he goes to. Not one clerk, would find it strange enough to " rat him out " on.
183 posted on 10/01/2003 11:25:48 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: dinok
Interesting, but Rush will be off today.

No it's not. I think you've made this stupid point more than once. He and Sean Hannity have been scheduled for months to be at some radio broadcasters shingdig.

184 posted on 10/01/2003 11:25:54 PM PDT by Fledermaus (What's the point anymore?)
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To: Paradox
Someone hopped up on pain killers couldn't keep up Rush's schedule. I've known people that abused the stuff that Rush is being acused of taking, and there is no way he could function the way he does doing that. Now uppers on the other hand. But Rush is much to focused in his work and on his golf game to be a pill popper.

Besides he could easily find a Doctor Feelgood to prescribe him anything he needed, why would he go through a maid? Why would he trust a maid to do more than dust the china?
185 posted on 10/01/2003 11:26:07 PM PDT by anymouse
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You know, I just can't believe what I'm reading. How can so many of you automatically believe this without one single piece of evidence? God help me if I ever find myself at the mercy of friends like you people.
186 posted on 10/01/2003 11:26:07 PM PDT by ShandaLear
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To: Pukin Dog
A newspapers wouldn't publish allegations such as this, as the could be sued for libel and defamation of character. There is some strong evidence or some part of this that will immunize them from a libel lawsuit.
187 posted on 10/01/2003 11:26:18 PM PDT by Lurkd Long Enough
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To: nopardons
That's my point..first she says she only gave him pills from her husband's stash...and next thing you know...she has access to thousands of's bizarre! Sounds like this lady was a dealer and in order to avoid prosecution decided to set rush up or give him up. Now, I don't doubt she got him some pills, I don't doubt that at all. If you all remember, years ago Rush talked about taking anti-depressants and he had a good experience with them. I don't know. The whole thing sucks.
188 posted on 10/01/2003 11:26:35 PM PDT by Hildy (SUCKER: Short-sighted Uncompromising Conservative Kool-Aid-drinking Elitist Republican.)
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To: hmmmmm
Wow, good detective work re Shohat.
189 posted on 10/01/2003 11:26:45 PM PDT by GOPrincess
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To: Pukin Dog
Rush would have quite a winning lawsuit if there is nothing to this COVER story.
190 posted on 10/01/2003 11:27:03 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: GeronL
" I want to hear what Rush has to say about it before I'd believe it."

If it were just a "he said, she said" allegation,I'd be with you.But,if there is an evidence trail and it looks like there may be,Rush could be in very serious trouble. The tip off to which way things will be headed,will probably be in the way Rush handles this.If he issues a firm statement denying all the charges and returns to his show on Friday,ready to refute the allegations,that will be a positive indication. But,if he goes into seclusion with his lawyers,that could mean worse things on the horizon.
191 posted on 10/01/2003 11:27:23 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: HAL9000
Rush is going to get huge ratings tomorrow.

I believe Rush said he won't be on the air on Thursday, but will be back on Friday.


192 posted on 10/01/2003 11:27:32 PM PDT by nutmeg ("The DemocRATic party...has been hijacked by a confederacy of gangsters..." - Pat Caddell, 11/27/00)
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To: Yaelle
How could they be guilty of libel? They're just reporting allegations. If the allegations are false that does not make the paper guilty of anything.
193 posted on 10/01/2003 11:27:39 PM PDT by GeronL (The War is not the Presidents hobby!)
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To: CyberAnt
I don't think even the Rats can force a pain pill addiction on you.....

this is sad, shocking, but not necessarily out of the realm of possibility.....

there has always been something about Rush, and DR. Laura, and Savage and even Sean H. that lends me to believe that none of them are the saints and moral role models that they would like us to think they are....

Besides, Rush never came down very hard on moral issues....not drugs, not abortion, not infidelity, etc.....

he never wanted to touch any of the Monica stuff ( who might catch germs!)....

just remember that the Hollywood crew gives standing ovations to their drugged up members.....

194 posted on 10/01/2003 11:27:51 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Lurkd Long Enough
195 posted on 10/01/2003 11:27:58 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: lainie
This is horsecrap.

I use Oxy and percocet. You generally take only two oxy's per day. The percocet is a booster of a sort.

Anymore and you stop breathing when you fall asleep.

His doctor could and would have prescribed the drugs. With his millions there would be no need to go underground.

196 posted on 10/01/2003 11:28:26 PM PDT by Cold Heat ("It is easier for an ass to succeed in that trade than any other." [Samuel Clemens, on lawyers])
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To: Lurkd Long Enough
Tell that to the NY Times. If they were brought a false story, they are covered. If their report only says that Limbaugh is under investigation, then they are covered. They are not calling Rush an addict, they are reporting an accusation. In court, Rush would lose.
197 posted on 10/01/2003 11:28:38 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: ShandaLear
the enquirer tried to get the goods on rush before he married marta and all they could come up with was they lived together and weren't married, something would've come up before now
198 posted on 10/01/2003 11:28:56 PM PDT by machogirl
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To: lainie
The article says Cline "wore a wire" during the last two deliveries and gave the tapes to the authorities. These deliveries allegedly took place in a Denny's parking lot.

If she wore a wire, the wire would have been provided by the authorities, and there would be corresponding video also, if the authorities were doing a "sting".

It almost sounds like this maid did the sting by herself.

The most easily refuted piece in the story is that the maid said she hid the pills under the mattress to hide them from Marta. Everyone knows Rush doesn't sleep on just any mattress--he sleeps on a Select Comfort bed!

The olfactory senses recoil at this putrid mess--it stinks!
199 posted on 10/01/2003 11:28:57 PM PDT by exit82 (Ted Kennedy knows all about frauds--he is one.)
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To: Pukin Dog
Rush Limbaugh is the one of the most important Conservatives of our lifetimes and I will stand by him no matter what.

Thank you for that comment. I whole heartedly agree. Why do people expect other people to be perfect. No one is perfect.

He can beat this and come back stronger than ever. I believe he will. He certainly has the ability. I am praying for Rush and Marta and I am going to remain a loyal fan of Rush Limbaugh.

200 posted on 10/01/2003 11:29:00 PM PDT by slimer (i'm mad as hell and i'm not going to take it anymore!)
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