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US Diary: Irish roots of porn starlet in Sheen's hotel rampage

Published 31/10/2010 | 05:00

IF he ever gives up acting, Charlie Sheen could give notes to other celebrities on how to deal with a scandal involving a police raid, a naked porn actress, an ex-wife and $7,000 worth of damage to a ritzy hotel suite.

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Despite reports that the troubled actor had checked into an LA rehab facility following a meltdown in NYC late last Monday night, the 45-year-old hell-raiser appeared none the worse for wear when he pitched up in the San Fernando Valley later in the week to shoot a cameo in a film called She Wants Me.

Earlier last Thursday, the woman at the centre of the drama -- 22-year-old XXX-rated movie star Capri Anderson -- said she had yet to decide whether or not to press charges against the actor (whom she had met for the first time a few hours earlier in the hotel bar) for holding her against her will after he reportedly freaked because he thought she had pinched his watch and/or wallet.

Anderson, nee Christina Walsh, the NY Post revealed last Friday, is a "sweet conservative" Irish lass from the Inwood section of the Bronx. Her father Paul, now in his early 70s, emigrated from Cork in his teens and worked as a Park Avenue doorman.

These days he runs a dog-breeding business out of his home, but reporters have so far been unable to reach him for comment.

Meanwhile, it seems Sheen got into a state after discovering that his $100,000 watch was missing and, according to his publicist, suffered an unspecified allergic reaction.

Cops reported finding Anderson cowering naked in the bathroom, while Sheen, also nude, was on a wild, chandelier-smashing rampage, disturbing ex-wife Denise Richards and daughters Lola, 5, and Sam, 6, who were in adjacent suites.

Contradicting reports that his meltdown was fuelled by a booze-and-cocaine binge, Sheen texted Radar Online to explain how the events leading up to his hospitalisation for a psychiatric evaluation had been "totally overblown and overplayed". Fortuitously, Richards, who was in NYC to promote her role in a new TV comedy Blue Mountain State, helped downplay the drama. Kind of. "This is something that is unfortunate," she said, perhaps veering slightly off-script by adding: "I know what went down and that's where it will stay. . . under wraps."

Style icon Blow for silver screen

FASHION types who were disappointed by Detmar Blow's recent memoir (Blow By Blow) about his late wife Isabella perked up with the news that a big-screen biopic about the eccentric style-maker finally got the green light last week.

Indie Swedish movie-maker Anders Palm will produce the movie, with a script optioned from Lauren Goldstein Crowe's upcoming book Isabella Blow: A Life In Fashion (due out November 9). Palm has also hired Crowe (who wrote The Towering World Of Jimmy Choo) to keep it real as on-set consultant.

Irish milliner Philip Treacy and designer John Galliano have both been linked to the project, but whether they'll play themselves or act as consultants isn't clear.

Fashion greats, such as the tragic Alexander McQueen, are expected to feature prominently in this version while Chloe Sevigny is considered a shoo-in for the lead role.

Olsens don't even break a sweat

Celebrity sightings in Manhattan rarely spark more than a line in the gossip mags. But the appearance of the Olsen twins at a spin class is generating multiple column inches.

And not because the size-0 fashion designers have never been spotted exercising before. It's because of their clothes.

While most of their fellow spinners sweated profusely, Hollywood Life reports: "Mary-Kate and Ashley seemed unaffected by the vigorous workout in their long-sleeved cashmere sweaters and long pants.

"Although if it's any consolation, an onlooker said they sat down on their bike much more than they expected."

Prez's birthday gift to Hillary

NOBODY paid any attention to Hillary Clinton's plan to ignore her 63rd birthday, which fell last Tuesday. Guests at a preview screening of a new National Geographic film (Inside The State Department,) last Monday night couldn't resist delivering a rowdy rendition of Happy Birthday and, of course, there was a large cake decorated with the seal of her office.

The documentary, which examines Hillary's life "inside the bubble" of the State Department, focuses on her 2009 travels to the UN General Assembly, Pakistan and the Middle East, with a behind-the-scenes look at the extensive planning and entourage it takes to move the Secretary of State around the world.

Last Tuesday night, diners at Georgetown's Peacock Cafe tried not to stare as Hillary and Bill sat at the back of the restaurant, discreetly surrounded by members of the secret service, for a decidedly low-key celebratory dinner a deux. She ordered the $19.95 salmon with grilled sweet potatoes while he had the veggie burger ($10.95).

No details yet on what the former Prez gave his wife as a birthday gift, but maybe he finally went for the sprawling $10.9m, 20-acre Westchester estate (neighbours include Richard Gere, Martha Stewart, and newcomers Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones) that she has been eyeing up since summer.

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