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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.

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To: Timesink
"2) Start agitating with demands that the GOP national organization start playing HARDBALL. Only they have the power to dig up the damaging information and then do something with it."

There's the problem. They don't hardball because, while not nearly as lacivious, they have their own skeletons and play ball just like the RATS on most accounts. That's why voting for a RAT is voting for a communist and voting for many Republicans is the equivalent of voting for a RAT of 20 or 30 years ago...or more! The whole landscape has shifted left politically to where we are fighting just to keep the country aware of it's origins. And too many of the GOP leadership are compromised people of shady integrity themselves. It's sad...
541 posted on 10/02/2003 12:43:19 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution ("The only way evil triumphs is if good men do nothing" E. Burke)
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To: hmmmmm
I agree...the slime machines are now in FULL force and this is just the beginning salvoes.
542 posted on 10/02/2003 12:43:34 AM PDT by nopardons
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To: JohnHuang2
Didn't the Enquirer have a photo of Rush shaking hands with an alien? (Such is the credible news they offer.)

WHICH Klintoon lawyer is legal council for this supermarket rag?
543 posted on 10/02/2003 12:43:35 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: WHBates
My original Post #83:

"I love Rush like a Father, but if this is true, Rush should resign from the EIB network. This is a hard thing to say."

I stick by that remark. Don't label me as a Rush hater or anything else.
544 posted on 10/02/2003 12:43:35 AM PDT by Pro-Bush (Homeland Security + Tom Ridge = Open Borders --> Demand Change!)
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To: Howlin
With that mirror by your computer, you should...
545 posted on 10/02/2003 12:44:05 AM PDT by ApesForEvolution ("The only way evil triumphs is if good men do nothing" E. Burke)
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To: JohnHuang2
At this rate, by the end of the week, the media will have Rush involved in the Laci Peterson murder.

I know you meant this sarcastically, but if they could, they would. No story is too far out if it takes down a conservative voice.

I used to disdain conspiracy theories, but ever since Monica and the blue dress, I've had to wonder. Maybe Mel Gibson's movie was more of a statement than I thought...

546 posted on 10/02/2003 12:45:08 AM PDT by Exigence
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To: Pro-Bush
You are a rush hater.....

heh heh... i had too, you told me not to...
I did it anyway...
547 posted on 10/02/2003 12:45:43 AM PDT by Robert_Paulson2 (robert... the rino...)
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To: T. Jefferson
What was you first clue? look at the "pro_bush" post(s)
548 posted on 10/02/2003 12:45:48 AM PDT by WHBates
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To: Robert_Paulson2
RATS are bouyed by their success in destroying Bennett, and now they've taken aim at Rush, just in time for election '04.
549 posted on 10/02/2003 12:46:36 AM PDT by onyx (Ask the Indian$)
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To: lainie
This story is absurd. These pills aren't illegal. Why the hell would he have to buy them from the black market?
550 posted on 10/02/2003 12:46:40 AM PDT by Sandy (Hint: He wouldn't.)
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To: Howlin; M. Thatcher; Mo1
There's something seriously strange about this story. Consider this.

1. I watch Rush on the video cam. He doesn't look spaced out or out of control, and he doesn't leave the chair for an hour or two at a time some days....he's sure not taking all those pills with water!

2. Marta is a smart woman. Can anyone possibly believe that a housekeeper could hide 100 - not even to say 4,000! - pills under the mattress? Even the cats would find them...and Rush would never allow harm to come to the cats.

3. I receive spam Emails every day offering Vicodin for sale via the internet. I don't have a housekeeper, but I wouldn't be short of drugs, either.

4. I have a bunch of other reasons for thinking this is off the wall, but my favorite is this:


551 posted on 10/02/2003 12:46:56 AM PDT by Fracas
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To: razorbak
But the rest of the story doesn't even begin to add up.

True, but the Wilson CIA leak story is just as fishy and it's all the lib media has talked about for days...

Credibility isn't high on their list of criteria.

552 posted on 10/02/2003 12:47:00 AM PDT by Exigence
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To: Pro-Bush
Rush IS the EIB network.
553 posted on 10/02/2003 12:47:29 AM PDT by onyx (Ask the Indian$)
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To: WHBates
Somehow I doubt my maid has a high powered attorney who paid a huge retainer in full overnight. I doubt she's unavailable for comments, and I bet she'll be cleaning my toilet tomorrow, daily news toilet paper and all.
554 posted on 10/02/2003 12:48:47 AM PDT by T. Jefferson
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To: T. Jefferson
However, with just 3 Hydrocones you can't think, speak, and it's almost instantaneous sleep

People react differently to drugs. I use to take two or three vicodin at a time and they would pick me up because the pain would go away. Pain zaps your energy.

555 posted on 10/02/2003 12:48:55 AM PDT by slimer (i'm mad as hell and i'm not going to take it anymore!)
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To: nopardons
It's the beginning.. and hopefully the end.. they're so used to having no competition they've forgotten that we've the truth at our fingertips. It's going to be ugly.
556 posted on 10/02/2003 12:49:35 AM PDT by hmmmmm
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To: slimer
Sad but true. Oxycontin is (i believe) a class III drug, which means the prescription is in triplicate form and a refill cannot be called in. You have to get another prescription from your doctor each time.

Oxycontin is Schedule II, which is even more restricted than Schedule III. I think the triplicate prescription thing depends on what state you live in, but there's no question that the DEA has gone very Big Brother on doctors, to the point where many absolutely will not prescribe many drugs that have even the slightest chance of abuse (such as Xanax, Valium, etc, that are only Schedule IV), because they're TERRIFIED of the DEA; they allow the patient to suffer to cover their own butts.

The situation has gotten so bad that a few years ago the FDA had to institute a whole new set of regulations that COMPELS hospitals to treat patients with as much pain medication as they need; the hospitals can lose their accreditation if a patient is allowed to suffer because of a scared (or old-fashioned "deal with it" *sshole-type) doctor.

557 posted on 10/02/2003 12:49:39 AM PDT by Timesink
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To: Fracas; onyx

You convinced me with the Ruth's Crisp...........LOL!
558 posted on 10/02/2003 12:49:54 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Sandy
They might not be illegal but they are controlled.
559 posted on 10/02/2003 12:50:42 AM PDT by lainie
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To: quidnunc
Well I'm a former cop and this thing stinks to high heaven.
560 posted on 10/02/2003 12:50:49 AM PDT by CyberAnt (America - The Greatest Nation on the Face of the Earth)
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