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Settlement ends Limbaugh drug investigation

Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh and the Florida state attorney have reached a settlement in the long-running prescription-drug investigation against the conservative radio talk-show host.

Under the agreement, a single charge of doctor shopping, filed today, will be dismissed in 18 months if Limbaugh continues to seek treatment from the doctor he has seen for the past two and one half years.

“This is the same doctor under whose care Mr. Limbaugh has remained free of his addiction without relapse,” said Limbaugh attorney Roy Black in a statement released today.

Limbaugh, with his attorney Roy Black, reported to the county jail at about 4 p.m. Eastern where Limbaugh was booked on a warrant issued by Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office and released an hour later on $3,000 bond.

“Mr. Limbaugh and I have maintained from the start that there was no doctor shopping,” said Black, “and we continue to hold this position. Accordingly, we filed today with the Court a plea of ‘Not Guilty’ to the charge filed by the State.

“As part of this agreement, Mr. Limbaugh also has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the State of Florida to defray the public cost of the investigation. The agreement also provides that he must refrain from violating the law during this 18 months, must pay $30 per month for the cost of ‘supervision’ and comply with other similar provisions of the agreement.

“Mr. Limbaugh had intended to remain in treatment. Thus, we believe the outcome for him personally will be much as if he had fought the charge and won.”

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