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article imageCharlie Sheen defends comments, says he's not an anti-semite

By Michael Krebs     Feb 26, 2011 in Entertainment
After participating in a rambling radio interview where he attacked the producers of the CBS hit 'Two and a Half Men,' actor Charlie Sheen was accused of anti-semitism over his remarks - an accusation he soundly denies.
During a radio interview with Alex Jones on Thursday, Charlie Sheen, lead comedic actor on the CBS network television hit "Two and a Half Men," came out swinging against the show's producers - particularly "Two and a Half Men" creator, Chuck Lorre.
Beyond the arrogance of many of Sheen's acidic comments, the volatile actor - who has struggled for years with drugs and alcohol and who has been the subject of numerous female abuse incidents - Mr. Sheen was accused of being an anti-semite, after addressing Chuck Lorre by his original birth name.
“There’s something this side of deplorable that a certain Chaim Levine — yeah, that’s [Chuck Lorre's] real name — mistook this rock star for his own selfish exit strategy, bro,” Sheen said, according to the Daily Caller. “Check it, Alex: I embarrassed him in front of his children and the world by healing at a pace that his unevolved mind cannot process. Last I checked, Chaim, I spent close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold. And the gratitude I get is this charlatan chose not to do his job, which is to write. Clearly someone who believes he’s above the law. Well, you’ve been warned, dude, bring it.”
In reaction to the broad criticism Sheen has received in the press and among Hollywood circles, the embattled actor told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he is not an anti-semite.
"I was referring to Chuck by his real name, because I wanted to address the man, not the [expletive] TV persona," Sheen told entertainment news site TMZ, according to ABC News. "So you're telling me, anytime someone calls me Carlos Estevez, I can claim they are anti-Latino?"
Carlos Estevez is Charlie Sheen's birth name.
CBS Entertainment and Warner Brothers Television are so far not convinced that Sheen is stable enough to continue with the series.
"Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of 'Two and a Half Men' for the remainder of the season," a statement from the two companies read, according to the ABC News report.
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