Gloria Allred Asks Authorities to Investigate Rush Limbaugh
The attorney writes a letter suggesting that the talk-radio host has defamed Sandra Fluke.
Feminist attorney-activist Gloria Allred is asking authorities in Florida to look into whether Rush Limbaugh violated laws when he ridiculed Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.
In a letter to County Attorney Denise Nieman in West Palm Beach, Fla., dated March 8, Allred says Limbaugh may have violated a misdemeanor statute against defamation.
"Mr. Limbaugh has publicly acknowledged that his reference to Ms. Fluke as a 'slut' and a 'prostitute' were baseless and false," Allred wrote.
Allred said Nieman's office should "open an investigation into whether or not Mr. Rush Limbaugh is in violation of Section 836.04 of Florida statutes."
The statute, according to Allred, reads: "Whoever speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree."
The controversy surrounding Limbaugh and Fluke began a week ago when the talk-radio host made several off-color jokes pertaining to Fluke's advocacy that insurance companies be mandated to cover contraception.