Actress Mary Lynn Rajskub has opened up about an interaction with political commentator Rush Limbaugh in 2006 in which he forcefully kissed her without her consent.
Rajskub – who played Chloe O’Brian for six seasons of drama series 24 — had been at a podium in Washington, DC to discuss the long-running television show when she encountered the late conservative political commentator. Limbaugh died in 2021.
As they greeted each other, Limbaugh kissed her on the mouth.
In her forthcoming memoir FAME-ISH: My life on the brink of famethe actor describes what happened at that moment and clarifies that the kiss was both unexpected and unwanted.
“I turned to look up and that’s when it happened,” she writes.
“As I turned around, he came down to kiss me…on the lips?! I have no idea how he got his body ready for a long kiss so quickly.
“A ton of camera flashes just randomly went out. He must have known what he was doing.”
She continues: “He knew there were 10 photographers there – I didn’t. I should have done it, but I didn’t. I didn’t know how to prevent the kiss either.”
Rajskub went on to explain how the image that was circulating in the media presented a false message about her feelings towards Limbaugh as well as her own political beliefs.
“In one of his cunning moves, an image went out into the world that showed I was a supporter of the right cause. I was not. It also showed that I found Rush Limbaugh attractive. I do not have. The kiss was weird. Deliberately for him and accidentally for me,” she writes.
As a result of the picture spreading, Rajskub also says she fell out with an ex-boyfriend and lost favor with musicians whom she respected. The actress adds that while she was uncomfortable with the attention, she felt she had to continue the promotional tour because of the show.
“I knew that if the show was in the spotlight, I was making money for the show’s success to keep my job, stay on the air, and be in the spotlight,” she continues.
“But becoming a right-wing darling was too much. Thank God it didn’t last longer than a newscast.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/mary-lynn-rajskub-rush-limbaugh-kiss-b2082750.html 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajskub explains the moment Rush Limbaugh forcefully kissed her in 2006