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Limbaugh Apologies to Student He Called ‘Slut’ and ‘Prost

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Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh attends a Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House in Washington, Jan. 13, 2009. Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

March 3 (Bloomberg) -- Radio commentator Rush Limbaugh apologized to Sandra Fluke, the law student he called a “slut” and a “prostitute” after she advocated health insurance coverage for contraception.

“My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir,” Limbaugh said in a statement posted on his show’s website. “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”

Fluke, who is attending Georgetown University’s law school, received a phone call offering support yesterday from President Barack Obama.

Fluke was barred from testifying last month before a House committee on what became an all-male panel talking about women’s access to birth control. She appeared a week later before House Democrats.

Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” on his March 1 show, according to a transcript posted on his show’s website.

To contact the reporter on this story: Todd Shields in Washington at tshields3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net

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