US Diary: Sheen and Denise asked back to New York by cops
THE NYPD is bracing for round two of the increasingly complicated case stemming from Charlie Sheen's recent rampage at the Plaza Hotel. The cops are asking the actor and ex-wife Denise Richards to travel to Manhattan this week so they can figure out exactly what happened.
The case reignited last Monday when Christina Walsh, (aka adult movie actress Capri Anderson) filed a criminal harassment complaint against the actor, just before appearing in a series of interviews dropping bombshell claims ("When I became really uncomfortable is when he put his hands around my neck.") about how Sheen terrorised her that night. Walsh, who also revealed she was "hired" for $3,500 to escort Sheen to dinner, alleged the actor had offered her $20,000 hush money -- a payment he never made good on.
Later, Sheen hit back with a countersuit alleging Walsh tried to extort $1m from him. The suit, obtained by TMZ, reads: "At no time did Sheen assault, batter or threaten Walsh," (described as "an opportunistic pornographic film star and publicity-hungry scam artist") who "fabricated a sensational tale about being assaulted, battered and held against her will".
The suit also claims that Walsh's lawyer contacted Sheen's lawyer to inform them that she would talk to the media "unless Sheen paid her a seven-figure sum".
The following day, Walsh's attorney said his client had decided to "refrain" from filing the lawsuit, bizarrely explaining that in "the process" of talking to the press and the police, Walsh "experienced the natural emotions of many domestic violence victims, that of fear, anxiety and a certain level of empowerment".
The NYPD will now investigate Walsh's complaint but, from the sounds of things, it doesn't appear the allegations she made last week are consistent with the information she gave cops on October 26, the night they rescued her from Sheen's hotel suite.
"Harassment varies," says an NYPD spokesman. "She said he was shouting at her, knocking things off in the hotel room, acting irrational. She voluntarily locked herself in the bathroom and was not held against her will. She was not a victim of assault. She was not imprisoned in the hotel room."
Asked why the cops didn't investigate the alleged crime last month, the spokesman says: "Initially, when we responded, she didn't file a police report. She never said she felt in danger."
Palin angry over Bushwhacking
IT'S going to be a long run-up to the 2012 presidential election, but it's not going to be boring. Last Tuesday, Sarah Palin launched her second book, America By Heart, and a 16-stop book tour that has the hallmarks of a campaign run.
In an interview set to air on December 9, Palin told Barbara Walters she is seriously contemplating making the run.
"I'm looking at the lay of the land now, and ... trying to figure that out, if it's a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family."
Asked if she thinks she can beat President Obama, Palin replied, "I believe so."
But Palin wasn't as cool following a Larry King interview with former First Lady/Presidential Mom Barbara Bush last Monday night, in which she suggested the best thing for the country would be for Palin "to stay in Alaska".
"I don't think the majority of Americans want to put up with the blue bloods -- and I want to say it with all due respect because I love the Bushes -- the blue bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition," Palin snapped back last Wednesday, when she also had a go at Michelle Obama.
"Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat," Palin argued, suggesting "instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician's wife's priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track."
Maybe its time for the Prez to come up with a more convincing line than the one he delivered to Walters, when she asked if he considers Palin a threat in an interview broadcast last Friday night. "I don't think about Sarah Palin," was all he would say.
His wife might have an idea. Or two.
Babs reopens jam-jar episode
Barbara Bush took the opportunity of appearing on CNN to clear up a controversy created by her son in his book Decision Points which just hit No 1 in the bestsellers' list. In the book, George W tells an anecdote from his teens when his mother miscarried and how her decision to show him the remains (which were enclosed in a jam jar) was a formative moment in his life -- information that has mystified, horrified or plain grossed-out most people.
"It's not in the library," Mrs Bush cracked when asked about the jar anecdote, before acknowledging giving W permission to write about the incident, which she added, she remembers a little differently. "Paula (a housekeeper) put it in a jar, and I was shocked when she gave it to him," Mrs Bush said. "I think he was trying to say that he and I have a very special relationship."
Mrs Bush also talked affectionately about the bond between her husband and Bill Clinton. "You can't dislike Bill Clinton. He's very likable. And he was so good to George," she said. "I have a feeling that Bill wishes he had a father like George, truthfully."
Blake bags bargains
Blake Lively may be Manhattan's most fashionable 'IT' girl, but she isn't above spending a few hours at a sample sale to score some bargain-priced heels. The Gossip Girl star was among the VIPs invited to Christian Louboutin's bi-annual sale (flats were priced at $150, heels at $225) where she spent more than four hours selecting 40 pairs of the designer's signature red-soled pumps. "I have sisters, so I'm getting gifts for them and for friends," she told a reporter from Footwear News, who estimated the cost of her haul at $9,000. "Of course, I got quite a few for myself, too." Louboutin's couture tribute to Lively, a pair of sky-high spikes called "The Blake," are expected to hit stores spring/summer 2011.