Charlie Sheen is suing the National Enquirer for defamation after the tabloid reported the actor sexually assaulted former child star Corey Haim in the 1980’s.
Sheen filed the suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the tabloid, its parent company American Media, Inc., Dylan Howard, the tabloid’s chief content office and Dominick Brascia, who told the publication the “Two and Half Men” star raped Haim.
Sheen was seeking “a jury trial, general and special damages in the amount proven to be at trial, exemplary and punitive damages and attorney’s fees,” People reported.
The National Enquirer published an article on Nov. 8 that claimed Sheen, who was 19-years-old at the time, raped Haim, who was 13-years-old, in 1986 while on the set of the film “Lucas.” Brascia was the source of the tabloid’s report.
Brascia, a close friend of Haim’s, told the tabloid that Haim and Sheen “smoked pot and had anal sex.”
“Haim said after it happened Sheen became very cold and rejected him. When Corey wanted to fool around again, Charlie was not interested,” Brascia said.
Sheen, who revealed in 2015 that he was living with HIV, immediately denied the allegations following the report.
Sheen’s attorney called the report “egregious, hurtful, and disgusting campaign of defamations, falsely asserting that Mr. Sheen sodomized a thirteen-year-old celebrity actor Corey Haim, now deceased. In fact, Mr. Haim passed over seven years ago and the conduct alleged happened more than thirty years ago, when Mr. Sheen was nineteen,” court documents stated.
The lawsuit also alleged Howard “is on an active vendetta against” Sheen because the editor was not the first to break the story that the “Anger Management” star had HIV.
“National Enquirer states that there are hundreds of people to support these ridiculous assertions, yet the only person actually quoted, defendant Dominick Brascia, has himself been accused of having sexually molested Corey Haim,” the lawsuit stated.
The lawsuit also claimed the story was hurtful, damaging and offensive to Sheen’s family.
“With calculated malice, the National Enquirer has concluded that it can make money by running false and salacious stories claiming that Mr. Sheen is a sexual molester that preys on young pubescent boys,” according to court documents.
Following the report, Haim’s mother Judy Haim came forward and denied Sheen raped her son.
Haim died in 2010 of pneumonia. The child actor suffered with drug addiction throughout his later career.
An AMI spokesperson told People: “We look forward to litigating against Charlie Sheen, and can’t wait to expose his depravities in a court of law.”