Larry Flynt was born November 1, 1942, in Lakeville, Kentucky. He is a magazine publisher who founded Hustler magazine. When Larry first published the pornographic magazine in 1974, it created much controversy for its frank sexual nature. Many religious groups protested the magazine, and during a 1978 obscenity trial, Larry was shot by a sniper near a Georgia courthouse. As a result, his spinal cord was damaged and he became paralyzed from the waist down, leaving him wheelchair-bound. His chronic pain eventually led him to become addicted to painkillers; he later had a stroke that caused him to have difficulty speaking. Hustler was sued by minister Jerry Falwell after a satire about him was published in a 1983 issue; the case was appealed and ultimately ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided in Hustler’s favor. Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell is considered an important First Amendment case, and it was the basis for the acclaimed 1996 film The People vs. Larry Flynt . Larry has been married five times and is currently married to Elizabeth Berrios. He has four daughters and one son.
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