Charlie Sheen Files Extortion Lawsuit Against Porn Star

Sheen files suit the same day Capri Anderson appears on "GMA" alleging assault

Monday, Nov 22, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 PM PDT
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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 20, 2010: In this handout image provided by Disney ABC Television Group, ABC News' Ashleigh Banfield talks to Capri Anderson, the woman who was found in actor Charlie Sheen's hotel room the morning of his arrest last month, who is speaking out for the first time on network television on Monday November 22, 2010 on ABC News. The interview airs on Nightline (11:35pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Capri Anderson

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Charlie Sheen filed suit Monday claiming the porn actress who was with him the night he damaged a New York City hotel room tried to extort $1 million from him by falsely claiming the "Two and a Half Men" star threatened and assaulted her.

The lawsuit came on the same day that "Good Morning America'' aired an interview with the actress, Capri Anderson, who said Sheen put his hands around her neck and threw a lamp and other objects around the room at the Plaza Hotel the night of Oct. 25.
  
Anderson said there was some romance between her and Sheen that night, 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.''' She said she tried to leave, but Sheen was angrily throwing things around the room, prompting her to lock herself in the bathroom.
  
Anderson said she planned to file a lawsuit against Sheen, 45.
  
Sheen, however, filed a lawsuit of his own late Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming that he and Anderson -- whose real name is Christina Walsh -- spent a consensual night together, then she "decided that this was her chance to become rich and famous.''

"To that end, she fabricated a sensational tale about being assaulted, battered and held against her will, and used that fictional story as a basis for an extortion plot against Sheen, threatening that if he did not pay her at least ($1 million), she would go to the Aspen District Attorney with her false allegations and seek to embarrass him and attempt to damage his career by gong to the media with her false tale,'' Sheen attorney Martin Singer wrote in the complaint, copies of which were obtained by the website TMZ.
  
According to the lawsuit, Anderson's lawyer contacted Sheen's attorney on Oct. 28 to say the woman would speak to the media and the authorities in Aspen -- where Sheen was arrested on Christmas day for allegedly assaulting his wife -- unless Sheen paid her a seven-figure amount of money. Sheen refused to pay, according to the suit.
  
Anderson did contact authorities in Aspen, but they declined to take any action, Singer wrote in the lawsuit. She later agreed to be interviewed by "Good Morning America.''

In addition to unspecified financial damages, the lawsuit seeks $165,000, which is the value of a Patek Philippe watch that Sheen claims Anderson stole from him while in the hotel room.

The lawsuit notes that Walsh told New York City police the night she was found in the hotel that she was not injured or assaulted by Sheen. Anderson told "Good Morning America'' she did not initially make those claims because she was frightened.

Sheen's extortion claim mirrors a charge actor Mel Gibson leveled against his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigiorieva, who first alleged assault. L.A. cops are investigating Gibson's allegations. 

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