Sunday 21 January 2018

Double standards still alive and well in Hollywood

Charlie Sheen's antics earn him a pat on the back while Lindsay is publicly pilloried, writes Julia Molony

Two days after Charlie Sheen's dramatic unraveling he's back on the set of Two and a Half Men.

On Monday night, the star suffered an "allergic reaction", which ended with his removal to hospital by police, after being found in a state of disorientation and undress in the Plaza Hotel in New York City. What an awful allergy it must be, that could tear the clothes from a man, compel him to bring a porn star back to a hotel room, and cause him to entirely take leave of his senses.

It's not the first time he's been in trouble. It's not even a year after he was arrested on the domestic violence charges that saw him spending last Christmas in jail. Back in 1996, he pleaded no contest after being charged with attacking a girlfriend in his home and was placed on two years probation. Chequered past? He wrote the book. There was the cocaine overdose in 1998. The stint in rehab earlier this year. To be fair to him, though, when he shot his then-fiancé Kelly Preston in the arm in 1990, it was an accident.

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