Charlie Sheen sues National Enquirer over rape allegations
Ever since the news about Harvey Weinstein's horrific string of sexual assaults was revealed, dozens of celebrities and Hollywood personalities have been implicated in similar allegations. Kevin Spacey was famously outed as having committed numerous assaults on younger men, and Ed Westwick is facing possible criminal charges for at least two rape cases.
Charlie Sheen was also exposed as an alleged abuser during this time, after a report from Dominic Brascia and a statement from former child star, Corey Feldman, suggested that the Two and a Half Men star had at least one sexual liaison with Corey Haim, who was only 13 at the time.
However, Sheen has vehemently denied any involvement with Haim (who has since passed away), and is suing the National Enquirer for publishing the story about him.
"In my nearly 35 years as a celebrated entertainer, I have been nothing shy of a forthright, noble and valiant courier of the truth," said Sheen in an interview with TMZ.
"Consistently admitting and owning a laundry list of shortcomings, wrongdoings and indiscretions this traveler hath traveled – however, every man has a breaking point," he added, referring to his various drug problems over the years.
According to the lawsuit, “With calculated malice, the National Enquirer has concluded that it can make money by running false and salacious stories claiming that Mr. Sheen is a sexual molester that preys on young pubescent boys."
Announcing his decision to sue the publication for defamation, Sheen said: "These radically groundless and unfounded allegations end now. I now take a passionate stand against those who wish to even entertain the sick and twisted lies against me. GAME OVER."
But how much evidence does he have to support his case?
For starters, even Haim's own mother claims that Sheen did not rape her son.
"I know what’s going on out there, with what everybody is saying and I can tell you, as a mother, I haven’t seen one change in character. I would have known if anything was wrong," she said in an interview with Dr. Oz.
"My kid never hid anything. He was transparent. He was Cory. It’s out of character, that’s number one.
"When my son was 13, he’s not going to go and ask Charlie Sheen to sleep with him."
However, according to Feldman, who was close friends with Haim, Sheen did engage in sexual activity with the boy while they were filming Lucas. Moreover, Dominick Brascia, who came to the National Enquirer with the claims, said that Haim had actually told him that Sheen had raped him on the film set.
He also added that Sheen had later had consensual sex with the actor.
Along with the National Enquirer, Sheen is suing Brascia for making the supposedly false statements. He is also filing claims against Dylan Howard, the publication's editor, who Sheen claims has always had a vendetta against him.
Unfortunately, as Haim is no longer around to testify on his own behalf, it's beginning to look like the allegations will never categorically be confirmed or denied. However, as Corey Feldman's reports from the early 1990s are currently being re-investigated, it may be the case that Sheen will be implicated through evidence from over 20 years ago.
The parent company of the Enquirer, American Media Inc., said it would defend the suit either way.
“We look forward to litigating against Charlie Sheen, and can’t wait to expose his depravities in a court of law,” the company said in a statement.