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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: All
It's on the front page:

221 posted on 10/01/2003 11:33:34 PM PDT by Hildy (SUCKER: Short-sighted Uncompromising Conservative Kool-Aid-drinking Elitist Republican.)
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To: hmmmmm
Great find !
222 posted on 10/01/2003 11:34:24 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: TrappedInLiberalHell
Bill Clinton had forcible anal sex with dogs

OHMYGAWD, REALLY?  It must be true, it's in black and white! FORCIBLE! Hmmmm is this a lick, or a leak?

223 posted on 10/01/2003 11:34:24 PM PDT by carlo3b (
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To: Yaelle
I was thinking about that. If this woman is a lying sack, they're not risking much. All they have to say is that they didn't know she was lying. I don't know. IANAL.
224 posted on 10/01/2003 11:34:30 PM PDT by lainie
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To: Porterville
North Korea continues to pump nukes Chemical and Biological weapons intercepted to Kuwait from Iraq

Why do you think these will be reported when every left wing liar is up as we speak writing lies and doing everything they can to take down Rush and Arnold (even though Arnold is a pure liberal with some fiscal responsibility - not much though).

225 posted on 10/01/2003 11:34:40 PM PDT by Fledermaus (What's the point anymore?)
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To: DittoJed2
But for five years?
226 posted on 10/01/2003 11:34:47 PM PDT by Hildy (SUCKER: Short-sighted Uncompromising Conservative Kool-Aid-drinking Elitist Republican.)
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To: exit82
"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! "


227 posted on 10/01/2003 11:34:59 PM PDT by cherry
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To: blackbart.223
How can we forget the Newt Gingrich taped conversation (in Florida?) by 2 innocent senior citizens who just happened to be able to listen in and tape conversations in a car????
228 posted on 10/01/2003 11:35:12 PM PDT by Bubbette (Depressed and pissed in Dallas)
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To: Hildy
It's on the front page

And that's all that matters.

229 posted on 10/01/2003 11:35:28 PM PDT by Rokurota
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To: Timesink

And there is one thing you can be sure of: this will be the lead story on ABC, CBS, and NBC morning shows.

Somebody tell me again how drugs only hurt the person who does them.
230 posted on 10/01/2003 11:35:34 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Rokurota
"Well, Rush has already surrendered like a Frenchman."

Like that would have stopped anything. Either everything today is all starting to make perfect sense...or none of it makes any sense at all, other than communists bent a good man over and he took it without a fight. What the ????
231 posted on 10/01/2003 11:35:34 PM PDT by ApesForEvolution ("The only way evil triumphs is if good men do nothing" E. Burke)
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To: Pukin Dog
ANyone who thinks this could be true must have their heads examined.

This could be true. A-boogity boogity boogity whoopy whee-whee!!!!! Goink goink...

232 posted on 10/01/2003 11:35:37 PM PDT by Junior_G
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To: Howlin
Howlin, thats not true.

A news organization of any size can simply add "according to sources" to any inflamatory story they wish to print and they are covered. Arnold cannot sue the LA Times, and Rush cannot sue this paper either and expect to win.

As long as the paper only reports what OTHERS are saying, they are in the clear.

233 posted on 10/01/2003 11:35:40 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: lainie
We can take our cue as to whether any of this is true from the willingness of Rush to discuss this on his radio show. His attorney has probably advised him to keep quiet. I want to believe NONE of this is true but if it is, I hope Rush seeks help. I further hope that ALL Conservatives realize that THIS IS WAR and act accordingly!
234 posted on 10/01/2003 11:35:49 PM PDT by teletech (Have we dug up Saddam yet?)
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To: Lurkd Long Enough
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.


235 posted on 10/01/2003 11:35:56 PM PDT by Fledermaus (What's the point anymore?)
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To: Timesink
"This is what happens when the right doesn't realize or accept the reality that total war has been declared against us by the left."

I'm sure feeling it tonight...I've already been in a stew over the CIA non-story that the media are trying to drive into a story, all this on top of it is too much.

Not to mention that the LA TIMES, having finally had to adjust their polls to reality with the election a few days away (no more trying to influence votes with their polling) is now apparently going to open the floodgates to trash Arnold. You just know they've been sitting on that stuff for weeks...

236 posted on 10/01/2003 11:36:03 PM PDT by GOPrincess (Down and depressed in CA)
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To: exit82
he sleeps on a Select Comfort bed!

Now we know why his Sleep Comfort Number was so much less than Martas! Thousands of pills already made his mattress hard.

Seriously, can he use this in Select Comfort commercials? "Plenty of space to hide your stash, and you can adjust the levels as the days before the next delivery go by"

237 posted on 10/01/2003 11:36:13 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: All
I wonder why so many FReepers, who are well aware of how often and how thoroughly the media lie, instantly believe a story like this?

I am reading comments such as "well, there is an evidence trail" ...... my question is, Says who? The media ..... and a pretty sleazy member of the media.

Why are we so quick to jump on a story like this and accept it at face value with no credible sources except a maid who claims that she is a mediary in an on-going pill-pushing operation?

Also, I am very suspicious of the timing of this story ...... maybe it's been prepared and sitting on the shelf waiting for an opportune time. So Rush goofed on Sunday, it took several days for that story to build up enough steam to force his resignation, and now this comes out. My! My! What a coincidence!

238 posted on 10/01/2003 11:36:16 PM PDT by kayak (I support Billybob -
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To: bluebunny
Just to clairify..."If this thrash talker is telling the truth"...Rush, having morals, does not want preferential treatment, and will come to the conclusion to resign in light of this. Just my opinion. We'll find out tomorrow morning.
239 posted on 10/01/2003 11:36:27 PM PDT by Pro-Bush (Homeland Security + Tom Ridge = Open Borders --> Demand Change!)
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To: quidnunc
I'm a retired cop and this story rings true in the main.

If this story was about you or me wouldn't we be under arrest?

240 posted on 10/01/2003 11:36:31 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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