It appears that Charlie Sheen is trying to get back into the game of winning, though the eccentric actor picked a daunting opponent to take on.
Saying he was defamed by claims that he sodomized then-13-year-old actor Corey Haim, Sheen is suing the National Enquirer and its parent company American Media Incorporated, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sheen says the tabloid’s editor published the claims because he’s angry that he didn’t break the story that the actor is HIV positive.
Attorney Shane Bernard said in the complaint filed Friday in L.A. County Superior Court that The Enquirer’s editor published the story because he was upset the tabloid didn’t break the story that Sheen is HIV positive.
“[T]he editor of National Enquirer, Defendant Dylan Howard, is running the story against Mr. Sheen because of a personal vendetta that arose after he was unable to be the first to break the story that Mr. Sheen was HIV positive,” Bernard wrote.
The actor famous for dating porn stars and for allegedly ordering a “briefcase full of cocaine” to be delivered to his home took offense to the claim he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old because he has five children who are around that age, THR reported.
The Enquirer article featured a claim by actor Dominick Brascia that now-deceased Haim confided in him about the alleged rape, which occurred in 1986 when the two were filming the movie “Lucas” — Sheen was 19 years old at the time.
Sheen, who recognizes his personal demons, adamantly denies sodomizing Haim.
The actor told TMZ: “In my nearly 35 years as a celebrated entertainer, I have been nothing shy of a forthright, noble and valiant courier of the truth.
“Consistently admitting and owning a laundry list of shortcomings, wrongdoings and indiscretions this traveler hath traveled — however, every man has a breaking point.”
As for American Media, the company says its eager to face off in a court of law — just think of the potential headlines such a spectacle could deliver.
An AMI spokesperson told THR they “look forward to litigating against Charlie Sheen, and can’t wait to expose his depravities in a court of law.”
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