A Texas woman is suing a local police department because she claims that not only was she arrested for no reason, a cop forced her to listen Rush Limbaugh. For his part, Limbaugh is laughing off the lawsuit.
The Houston Chronicle reports that in October 2010, Bridgett Nickerson Boyd's car broke down, so she pulled off to the side of the road. Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Goad saw this, and gave her a ticket for driving on a shoulder.
For some reason he decided to arrest her, which caused Boyd to panic and her heart to race. Paramedics were called who rushed her to a hospital. When she was released, Goad was waiting to take her into custody.
On the way to jail, Boyd said Goad was listening to Rush Limbaugh's radio show, forcing her to hear Limbaugh "make derogatory comments about black people." Boyd is black.
All charges were later dropped against Boyd.
So now she is suing Goad and Harris County for defamation, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, assault and battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The New York Daily News reports an "amused" Limbaugh discussed the lawsuit on his radio show last week.
"This woman doesn't know how lucky she is. What a great opportunity she had, forced to listen. Derogatory comments about black people? We don't make derogatory comments about black people. We make derogatory comments about liberals," he said, laughing. "According to her Facebook page, Bridgett Nickerson Boyd's favorite TV shows are Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow. No surprise there. I don't know about Jerry Springer. He's not mentioned. Wouldn't doubt it, though."