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Porn actress reaches 'level of empowerment,' delays Sheen lawsuit

By Alan Duke, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Capri Anderson files a criminal complaint against Charlie Sheen
  • Sheen filed a civil lawsuit against Anderson
  • Her lawyer had planned to file a suit against Sheen this week
  • Complaint and lawsuits stem from a Plaza Hotel incident in October

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Adult film actress Capri Anderson has decided against filing a lawsuit against TV sitcom star Charlie Sheen for now, Anderson's lawyer told CNN on Tuesday.

Anderson, whose real name is Christina Walsh, filed a criminal harassment complaint against Sheen on Monday related to her night with the actor at a New York hotel last month.

Sheen's lawyer filed a lawsuit against her in Los Angeles on Monday, saying she tried to extort money from him after the Plaza Hotel stay.

Her lawyer, Keith Davidson, said the decision not to file a civil suit, as he had planned, "is separate and apart from any consideration of Mr. Sheen's ludicrous lawsuit against her."

"Ms. Walsh has thus, and for the time being, opted to consult the New York City authorities regarding the events of October 26, 2010," Davidson said.

New York police investigators interviewed her Monday afternoon after she filed her complaint.

ABC's "Good Morning America" broadcast an interview with her Monday morning in which she talked about an alleged violent encounter she had with Sheen at the hotel.

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"Through the process" of speaking out publicly and also to police, Anderson "has experienced the natural emotions of many domestic violence victims, that of fear, anxiety and ultimately, a certain level of empowerment," Davidson said.

In the ABC interview, Anderson said Sheen sent her an apology through a text message and "offered money for her silence."

"Charlie Sheen has never offered her a dime to keep her quiet," Sheen's attorney, Yale Galanter, said later Monday on CNN's "The Joy Behar Show."

Sheen's lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, called Anderson "an opportunistic pornographic film star and publicity hungry scam-artist" who "fabricated a sensational tale about being assaulted, battered and held against her will."

Sheen's complaint said Anderson's lawyer contacted Sheen's lawyer on October 28 to inform them that the actress would go to authorities in Colorado -- where Sheen is on probation -- and appear on morning talk shows "unless Sheen paid her a seven-figure sum."

"Walsh decided that this was her chance to become rich and famous," Sheen's suit said.

"There was definitely never an offer for money to silence her or anything else. As a matter of fact, when her lawyers approached us, we told them to go pound salt because we knew that Mr. Sheen had done absolutely nothing wrong," Galanter said during "The Joy Behar Show."

Sheen is suing her for $165,000 to replace a watch he alleges she stole from him.

"Walsh admitted to several people that she had in fact stolen a very expensive watch from Sheen, and that she had given the watch to a friend to hold," the suit said.

It was the disappearance of the Patek Philippe watch from Sheen's hotel room that caused their evening to go bad last month, according to Sheen's petition.

"Sheen asked Walsh to return the watch, and when Walsh refused and falsely denied that she had taken the watch, Sheen became extremely upset," the suit said. "Walsh then locked herself in the bathroom of the hotel room and refused to come out."

The lawsuit says that "At no time did Sheen assault, batter or threaten Walsh."

She locked herself in the bathroom "because she was afraid that Sheen might find the watch on her," the suit said.

Galanter said that Anderson did not make allegations of wrongful conduct against Sheen on the night of the incident and that she posted on her website "that she was 'fine' and if you wanted to see more of her, for a price, one could enter the website."

Davidson defended his client's right to receive compensation "for the damage to her body, to her emotional state, and to her purse," but wouldn't go into details about whether there had been any talk of a financial settlement.

"We know that the room was trashed, we know that Capri was chased and locked into a bathroom," Davidson said, "and we know that one person was brought away from the hotel against their will."

ABC questioned Anderson about why she called a girlfriend while locked in a bathroom instead of calling police. She answered that she was in shock. "I never expected the night to unfold the way it did," she said. It is still unclear who called police to the hotel that night.

"We're going to defend these charges vigorously, and she will never get a check from Charlie Sheen," Galanter said.

Anderson said she was offered $3,500 to appear at a dinner party with the actor. She said Sheen was drinking heavily and "grew more intense." She said the actor "put his hands around her neck." She also accused Sheen of "snorting a white, powdery substance."

Galanter denied the allegations.

"He was searched, she was searched, the room was searched by the New York Police Department, it's a total fabrication," Galanter said. "There was no cocaine, there was no white, powdery substance, she never saw him doing anything illegal."

Sheen spent several hours in a New York hospital in October after police responded to an early morning call about "an emotionally disturbed person" at the Plaza Hotel, a law enforcement source said. Sheen's representative blamed an "adverse allergic reaction" to a medication for the hospitalization.

Sheen, the son of actor Martin Sheen, signed a contract last summer to continue with his CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men."