Porn actress Capri Anderson threatened Charlie Sheen with a television appearance full of lies if the top-rated television actor didn't pay for her silence, Sheen's lawyer alleged today, firing back at Anderson's claims that she feared for her life during last month's altercation at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
"They told us that if we did not write them a check that they were going to go on the air and they were going to lie about what occurred that night in the Plaza Hotel room," Sheen's attorney, Yale Galanter, told "Good Morning America" today.
Anderson and her attorney appeared on "Good Morning America" Monday to say that she would be filing a criminal complaint against the "Two and a Half Men" actor, alleging that Sheen abused her and threatened to kill her the night police responded to the posh hotel and found Sheen disoriented and reportedly naked while Anderson was hiding in the bathroom.
Sheen's camp responded later in the day with an extortion suit, claiming Anderson asked for $1 million to keep her story out of the media. It also alleged that Anderson stole a $165,000 watch from Sheen's hotel room.
"This girl has just changed her story. She has absolutely no credibility," Galanter said of Anderson's appearance Monday. "It's totally untrue. It's complete fabrication. It's just a complete pack of lies."
Anderson is scheduled today to meet with a New York district attorney who is considering a second-degree harassment charge against Sheen. Although rarely enforced, a conviction could mean 15 days in jail.
Anderson's attorney, Keith Davidson, sent a statement to ABC News late Monday condemning Sheen's extortion suit and calling it "utter nonsense."
"It is a thinly veiled attempt to distract the public away from the true facts of this heinous case is astounding," the statement read. "Mr. Sheen's well-practiced damage control team of bullies and enablers will stop at nothing so long as their goal of keeping the public's head in the sand about their dangerous client is met."
Despite telling "Good Morning America" that she feared for her life after Sheen allegedly put his hands around her neck and threw things at her in his room at the Plaza Hotel, Anderson waited nearly a full month to go to authorities.
"The fact that any victim would wait a month and announce her story on "Good Morning America" just belies imagination," Sheen attorney Galanter said.
But Davidson said Monday that "the process of coming here, speaking to you, the passage of time, that has allowed her to be empowered."
Criminal defense attorney Stuart Slotnick said the delay in filing a police report may bolster Sheen's case.
"She told police one story the night of incident, she refused medical attention," he said. "She has some serious credibility issues."
Galanter said, "The reason she wanted to get out of that hotel room was because she had Charlie's watch hidden on her and she didn't want to get caught."
Anderson has denied stealing Sheen's watch.
Anderson herself alleged extortion Monday, claiming Sheen sent her a text message the day after the incident, offering her $20,000 for her silence.
Galanter confirmed there were a series of text messages sent back and forth, but denied there was ever such an offer. Anderson, he said, was complaining about a damaged purse and Sheen offered to pay her whatever money she was out for the evening.
"They wouldn't show you the text message or e-mail or whatever they alleged to have," Galanter said.