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Hello, I am happy to answer your question.
It doesn't sound to me like you have any type of a case.
If you were to consider a claim for slander, it would have to be based upon the fact that what is being said about you isn't true. You don't know that yet, it could be true. Also, you don't have any damages yet. Is it hurting your career? These are the questions you would have to ask yourself.
Rumors are not enough to bring such an action, they have to be said by someone who KNOWS that they are not true. If so many people are talking, it just could be that you are the last one to know.
Just hang in there and hopefully everything will calm down.