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Charlie Sheen Sues Porn Star Capri Anderson for Extortion

Thank you Charlie Sheen for teaching the FindLaw public all about: divorce, child protective services, domestic violence, marriage, drugs, alcohol, and hotel room etiquette. To add to the growing list: extortion. Actor Charlie Sheen has sued porn star Capri Anderson for extortion stemming from their recent New York hotel room incident that found the actor drunk, wallet-less, and naked.

A series of text messages sent between the 45-year-old actor and the porn star (real name: Christina Walsh) were published by none other than media outlet TMZ. More than sextings, the text messages discuss a $20,000 sexual transaction that was supposed to take place between the pair. The Charlie Sheen extortion suit comes after Anderson filed her own suit against the actor over the bizarre set of events that occurred at the Plaza Hotel in October.

"These allegations against Mr. Sheen are completely false and a blatant attempt to cash in on his celebrity," Sheen's attorney Yale Gatner said. Gatner also tells the Los Angeles Times that Anderson was turned away by numerous law firms for her own suit based on supposed "credibility issues." Anderson also appeared on Good Morning America to talk about her pending case.

So what exactly is extortion? It is a criminal offense that involves threats (whether physical or verbal) typically to get money from another party. Not surprisingly, it is often seen involving a celebrity or public official.

In this case, Sheen alleges that Anderson publicized fake text messages in order to harm the actor's reputation and ultimately make money off the situation. If the text messages were, in fact, sent by Sheen it may not necessarily end his case against Capri if she can show that they were publicized in an effort to damage his reputations. For now, the dueling lawsuits should provide some entertaining legal fodder for months to come.

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