Charlie Sheen on Monday filed an extortion lawsuit against Capri Anderson, a porn star who told the press he was allegedly violent with her in his New York hotel room prior to his arrest in late October.
Anderson, a 22-year-old who also goes by the name of Christina Walsh, had said she was hired that night for $3,500 to escort Sheen, who currently stars on the comedy series "Two and a Half Men", to dinner and that later on the evening, after the two made it back to his room at the Plaza Hotel, Sheen threatened to kill her and called her a "whore".
Sheen's attorney denied Anderson's claims and the actor's lawsuit, filed on Monday at the Los Angeles Superior Court, called her "an opportunistic, pornographic film star and publicity hungry scam-artist". It said she "fabricated a sensational story as a basis for an extortion plot against Sheen" and alleges the Anderson threatened that she would file a criminal complaint against the actor if he did not pay her $1 million.
The suit says that on October 25, the two met at a bar at the Plaza Hotel and went out to dinner with several other people, after which they returned to Sheen's room. Moments later, the actor discovered his $165,000 watch was missing and accused Anderson of taking it, which she denied. She then locked herself in the bathroom and hotel security and police were called. Sheen denies her accusations of assault.
"These allegations against Mr. Sheen are completely false, and are a blatant attempt to cash in on his celebrity," Sheen's attorney had said in a statement made earlier in the day. "Ms. Capri never made any allegation to the police of any wrongful conduct on the part of Mr. Sheen on the night of the incident and she had every opportunity to do so. If she pursues legal action, we will defend this vigorously and will never pay her a dime."
The morning after the alleged incident, police stormed Sheen's hotel room and the actor was taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and was released hours later. His spokesperson had said at the time that the actor had reacted badly to medication. Anderson told ABC News that he appeared intoxicated and that a friend of Sheen's asked her to take him to his hotel room.
"I was sitting on the edge of a coffee table and he was serving us both drinks and he was snorting something," she said, describing it as a "white powdery substance."
The two later became intimate but the night turned ugly, she said.
"He kissed me," Anderson said. I let that happen. He then proceeded to kind of lift my dress up from around my thighs. I was nervous but I also allowed that to happen."
She said he began inching towards her, straddled her and put his hands around her neck. He then allegedly started to throw things at her, including a lamp, and yelled racial slurs, she said.
"I was in a situation and I didn't feel threatened at that moment," she said. "From the moment he was around me on the bed, I felt nervous but it wasn't until he put his hands around my neck that I really thought to myself, 'You have gotten yourself in a bad, bad situation."
Anderson's attorney told ABC News that the actress planned to file a report against Sheen with the New York Police Department.
Anderson had said days following the incident that she wanted the probation from Sheen's Colorado assault conviction revoked and her spokesperson said the actress was "pretty shaken up" but did not elaborate.
Sheen's probation in Colorado stems from his arrest last year during Christmas day when his wife, Brooke Mueller, told police the actor threatened her with a knife at their home. As a result, Sheen pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge and was sentenced to 30 days in a rehabilitation center, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management. Sheen has denied using a knife during the argument.
Sheen filed for divorce from Mueller, his third wife and mother of their twin sons, in early November.