Capri Anderson interview: Charlie Sheen tried to choke her and she feared for her life


Capri Anderson, the porn star/escort who locked herself in the bathroom while Charlie Sheen went on a drug-fueled rampage at the Plaza Hotel in New York City last month, has granted an interview to ABC that will air on Nightline tonight. She also was interviewed on Good Morning America by George Stephanopoulos this morning, accompanied by her lawyer. ABC has some advance details and they’re in no way favorable to Charlie. Anderson comes across as genuinely upset in the clips I’ve seen of her interview. She says that Sheen choked her, that she locked herself in the bathroom for her own safety, and that she feared for her life. Anderson admits that she was hired to escort Sheen to dinner (which contradicts earlier reports on TMZ that she wasn’t a hooker) and breaks down crying at one point. It seems convincing and will hopefully go far to derail the career of an abuser who has consistently escaped facing consequences for his actions. Here’s part of ABC’s report with advance details. We’ll cover her GMA interview in a moment.


In the ABC News exclusive interviews, Anderson will explain how she was hired to escort Sheen to dinner that night and how the night progressed to a violent end behind the Plaza’s closed doors.

“He was, from the beginning of the night, very loud and he had no hesitations when it came to using derogatory language or cuss words,” she says in the “Nightline” interview, adding that “towards the latter half of the night, it got really bad. He started yelling racial slurs.

“But it wasn’t until he put his hands around my neck that I really thought to myself, you have gotten yourself in a bad, bad situation.”

Anderson goes on to say that she was locked in the bathroom, fearing for her life, describing her reactions to press reports about Sheen’s children staying on the same hotel floor.

“I’m not going to stand down and be completely walked over, mistreated. My whole life has been changed.” she said.

“I think that this story and this treatment sends a message in itself and this is clearly something that’s not right. It’s not right to hurt people. It’s not right to scare people. It’s not right to carry on with such disregard for the people around you.”

Charlie Sheen’s lawyer Yale Galanter released a statement in response to Anderson’s allegations.

“Ms. Capri never made any allegation of wrongful conduct on the part of Mr. Sheen the night of the incident. She has posted on her website that she was ‘fine’ after the incident but if you wanted to see more of her enter the web site for money,” Galanter said. “We will defend this lawsuit vigorously and will never pay her a dime. These allegations against Mr. Sheen are completely false, and are an blatant attempt to cash in on his celebrity.”

Tune in Monday morning to Good Morning America” (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET) or Monday night to “Nightline” (11:35pm ET/ PT) to hear Anderson’s full account.

[From ABC News]

This sounds exactly like the earlier incident where Charlie choked and threatened to kill his estranged wife. I love how Anderson confirms the story that Charlie was spewing racial slurs for no reason whatsoever. He also has a prior instance of using the “N” word in a very confusing context in a voicemail that he left for Denise Richards in 2005.

Charlie issued an earlier response to the media coverage of this incident, and said “If a guy has one bad night, everybody goes insane & panics.” He also told RadarThe story is totally overblown and overplayed as far as the reality of the scenario.” Now that we know that the reality is as bad if not worse than the media made it out to be, what is he going to do? He’s going to smear Anderson’s reputation, just like he did with his ex, Brooke Mueller. You can bet on it.

ABC has aired Capri’s interview, (you can watch part of it on Radar Online) and she describes how the night unfolded and how Charlie did lines of something before taking off her dress. She said that Charlie “put his hands around her neck” and as soon as she started to resist he went after her and trashed the room. He picked something up that she describes as an “envelope opener” or a “knife” and at that point she fled to the bathroom with her cellphone. Charlie was supposed to pay her $3,500 just for dinner, not sex, and he never paid her according to Capri. She plans to file a criminal complaint against him today and will sue him in civil court. Anderson alleges that Charlie offered her $20,000 to keep quiet after the incident, which she refused.


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  1. jc126 says:

    And yet, she said nothing the night it happened, didn’t file a police report. If someone tried to murder me, I’d say SOMETHING.
    She also changed her story about being an “escort”. So she’s a liar and a hooker. Very credible.

  2. whatever says:

    When the cops arrived, I assume after she called them from the bathroom, why wasn’t Charlie arrested for domestic violence?

    I am sure she made the report that he choked her, right? I am sure there were visible signs on her neck from this choking, right? I am sure the police asked her to come in and make a statement, where pictures were taken of this violent act against her.

    However, now this chick is going to file a complaint, and a “civil” suit?

    Oh yea, she’ll file both claims, right after she does her PR tour. Of course, she would turn down 20 grand. She is going for a lot more $$ then a measly 20 grand!

  3. Stronzilla says:

    Its like Oksana/Mel version 2.0

  4. gabs says:

    Even though shes a shady source, I totally buy it. Theres so much evidence of him being a douchebag. He abuses women and America rewards him by watching his crappy tv show and making him one of the highest paid tv stars. Ugh. I hate people.

  5. AMS511 says:

    i’m not down with charlie sheen…. but why didn’t you tell the cops that shit when they got there?!?!

  6. Hautie says:

    First of all. Charlie is not a isolated case of a rich guy in LA being a huge perv. Nor is anyone surprise by any of his douchetastic behavior….

    What I find interesting if all she wanted was to be paid, she would have accept the 20K. And not let it become a public fact that she is a hooker.

    Unfortunately she really thinks she is going to turn her hooker hook-up into a million dollars.

    I guess she learned nothing from the cheap Vegas hookers of the Tiger Wood saga. Being a public wh*re is not going to help your reputation nor make you rich.

    Too bad she didn’t have sex with him or she could be claiming she was pregnant.

  7. Crash2GO2 says:

    Sounds like his typical MO doesn’t it? Throttling and sharp objects.

    Take him down Capri.

  8. anti says:

    why he’s not in jail already is beyond me.

  9. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    I am also confused as to why she didn’t press charges, why the police didn’t notice any visible signs of bruising, and why on her website she posted she was fine.

    If you watched that interview on Radar and believed that she was sincere…Seriously there were NO tears, her voice did tremble, but it was all very bad acting, like in a porn. Also it looked like she would start smiling or laughing at any second. Also she didn’t make any eye contact with the interviewer and she looked high to me.

    I think we found the source to that crazy restaurant story. Anyway, it has nothing to do with her chosen profession that I don’t believe her but she didn’t sound creditable, also something I stress all the time, proof, there was ZERO proof of her claims, clearly she wants money because she hasn’t pressed any charges that would put him in jail. If I were physically hurt I would want the SOB in jail, this woman isn’t seeking that, she is seeking money.

  10. Tapioca says:

    So she’s going to file criminal charges NOW, when the evidence of any physical injuries sustained (or not!) has disappeared? Sounds ever so slightly fishy to me…

    @gabs: “There’s so much evidence of him being a douchebag.”

    But there’s a pretty big gap between being a “douchebag” and actually assaulting every woman he sees!

  11. Happymom says:

    I know, off point, but ugh-another morning news “show” like Today that has totally gone off the rails.

  12. Jazz says:

    “Charlie was supposed to pay her $3,500 just for dinner, not sex”

    Honey, if you’re going to Charlie Sheen’s hotel room, you ain’t going there for a coffee and a chat!

  13. bellaluna says:

    Don’t all those fancy/snotty hotels have phones in every room, including the bathrooms? And I’m sure NYC cops are over-worked (just like cops everywhere else), but there are laws in place that negate a victim’s need to confirm or deny domestic violence; hell DV victims don’t even have to testify anymore! Too many women ended up dead at the hands of abusers, so legislation stepped in and changed the rules. If cops see any sign of domestic violence, they proceed as if there’s been abuse, whether the victim is willing to discuss it or not.

    I’m not sure I buy her story, but I’m sure she’ll be buying a lot with the money she receives for her story.

    And before I get taken out back and flogged, I think Charlie Sheen is an asshole of biblical proportions who has gotten away with far too much for far too long.

  14. alex says:

    somebody want to get paid.

  15. Me1st says:

    i didn’t watch but just by looking at her she is definitely on something. she just wants more $ to go get more

  16. Po says:

    Look, it doesn’t take much to figure out that she is a hooker out to get some fast cash. Now, what about Charlie Sheen here. I don’t believe she was as scared as she says and I will lump his 2 ex-wives into the same category but this man has a history here. How long is it before he kills someone. While I don’t condone the prostitutes, or wives, he chooses to spend his time with I don’t think they deserve to be seriously injured or killed and I think that’s what he is escalating to. What happens when he starts in on innocent bystanders.

  17. junipergreen says:

    She’s sketchy. But I totally buy every bit of it. Charlie does this crap regularly to women. It’s his thing, apparently. And hooker or not, if he victimized her, HE VICTIMIZED HER. So…if she’s a hooker, it’s ok for her to get attacked?

    So many of the comments smack of a “You deserved to get raped by wearing that short dress!” mentality.

  18. julie says:

    i’m with everyone else here calling this out as bs. don’t get me wrong, i’m not a sheen fan or apologist. it just seems odd that someone feared for their life, yet didn’t tell the cops. or anyone. until now when she can make bank.

  19. bellaluna says:

    And while I’m on my high horse, what the hell kind of message does this send to other women/girls? That it’s okay to be scared for your life while being abused and lie about it, as long as there’s a big payday in it for you? F*CK THAT NOISE! Honestly, these gold-diggers and hos need to think about the message they’re sending. Yeah, I know, I know; contradictory statement, right?

  20. Obvious says:

    I highly doubt her version of events. if the police had seen any evidence of abuse they would have noted it and pressed charges. not only did they not see it, she NEVER said anything. She posted on her website she was fine.

    But now she’s be abused. if in fact it is true, then i’ll happily take all this back, but she’s coming across as a liar. the only thing she is missing is Gloria Allred-and I take her a little more seriously because of that-not much but a little bit.

  21. mln says:

    Charlie Sheen has a pattern of abuse that dates back at least to when he shot Kelly Preston back in the day. Why is it so hard for these commenters to believe he abused another one. And she was found by the police cowering in the bathroom that’s a matter of public record. I say shame on the cops for not pressing charges on him immediatley hookers have human rights too.

  22. bellaluna says:

    @ mln – Have you read all the comments? Because that’s not the vibe I’m getting here. It seems most of us believe Charlie is a colossally abusive asshole; the cops should have done more; but we doubt her motives. That’s not saying she deserved it, nor is it saying it’s acceptable. As I said above, he’s gotten away with far too much for far too long.

  23. Heather says:

    I watched GMA this morning — that girl was smiling like the Cheshire Cat!! She had that ” OMG – i am on TV!!” look. I agree with most that Charlie Sheen is a douche of Titanic proportions but if she was that scared she should be pressing charges not making it a civil matter. Girlfriend just wants a payday – the watch is too hot to pawn at the shop on the corner so why not get her 15 minutes of Famewhore in.

  24. JustBe says:

    I can completely see the incident happening the way that she describes.
    A lot of the commenters here seem to be saying the same cruel things about not believing her like they did toward Oksana when she said that she was assaulted by Mel Gibson.
    Whether or not she is trying to get money from Charlie Sheen now does not negate what may have occurred that evening.
    Of course she was reluctant to press charges, most sex workers are reluctant to spend any significant amount of time around cops. She was performing an illegal act! She probably just wanted the cops to come before Charlie succeeded in killing her (and so she called them). But, she also knew that he was a TV star and her trying to file charges against him (being that she’s a sex worker) probably (in her mind) were not going to work in her favor.
    I’ve seen many documentaries where sex workers speak of the ridiculously high level of violence that they face along with the names of friends and fellow sex workers who have been killed and no one was ever arrested, much less prosecuted.
    I completely believe her story and I only wish that more sex workers would be in a position to speak out about what they endured in his presence.
    I didn’t see the interview, so I can’t comment on whether she was high or upset. I will go out on a limb and say that she has probably seen more violence in her lifetime that many people will view in movies. This leads to a certain level of detachment, especially after the fact for someone in her position.
    Bottomline, if Charlie Sheen, or any man, had a mental meltdown and attacked the average woman (who hasn’t experienced DV), then their reaction would be very different from what we’re seeing from her.
    Should she not talk about the incident or make an effort to get money because she’s a sex worker?
    I also don’t fault her for not openly saying that she’s a sex worker (and thereby incriminating herself in a prosecutable crime).


  25. Feebee says:

    I believe her account of what happened. I also believe she didn’t think it was that big a deal. I don’t know whether that’s because she was in shock at the time and just relieved to get out of there or she thought it was just a rough night and she should/would be compensated later.

    I’m still incredulous over Sheen and esp with his public history of drugs and violence that he was given a psychological exam and let go instead of being charged and jailed. I believe he was actually given the choice? WTF?

    George S nearly crossed the line when asking over the money and whether she was an escort or hooker as it would have “said some things about” (her character). This smacked of ‘if she’s a hooker then she’s not to be believed or whatever’.

  26. mln says:

    @JustBe thanks for the rant I concur 100% which is why the cops should have pressed charges on him instead of giving him an option because he is famous.

  27. icantbelievethis says:

    “I highly doubt her version of events. if the police had seen any evidence of abuse they would have noted it and pressed charges. not only did they not see it, she NEVER said anything. She posted on her website she was fine.”

    I actually see her point. We’re all operating on the idea that everyone is treated equally. However these are the same police that know Charlie was coked out of his mind. Same police that saw the destruction of his hotel room, know he tested postive for coke (which was also a violation of his probation). Same police that new all these things but opted not to file charges, so I’m not sure they would’ve believed her had she said anything. And she could’ve said something and they just ignored her (maybe she did and they ignored it).

    I seriously doubt after ignoring his coke use, etc that they are going to put much stock in the words of an escort.

    I’m with Crash2go2. I hope she takes CS down.

  28. Marie says:

    First of all, I love Two and a Half Men, it makes me laugh. With that being said I find Charlie Sheen NOT Charlie Harper to be a complete douchebag (I can separate the two). Charlie Sheen has a history of abusing women, so who in the hell would even think about going on a date with him, let alone going back to his hotel room? Why didn’t this whore (that is exactly what she is) didn’t file a report or even tell the cops something. If someone was trying to choke me out (and not in a naughty spank my ass way) I sure as hell would be pressing charges. She is looking for a payday and that’s it.

  29. MSat says:

    I think there is a kernel of truth here, but she is looking to get something out of this besides “justice served.” And you know what? I’m ok with that. It’s about time someone messed with Charlie Sheen’s vicious PR machine. He’s destroyed the reputations of his last 2 wives with ease. I’d like to see someone return the favor.

  30. Embee says:

    Her motives, her background and her character are irrelevant; however, Charlie Sheen ought to be fined and imprisoned for his illegal conduct, to include (but not limited to):
    – solicitation of sex
    – use of illegal narcotics
    – destruction of property
    – assault
    – battery
    – intentional infliction of emotional distress

  31. bixby says:

    “…well you see Officer, what happened was, well let me preface this by saying I’m not a hooker, but I was going to get paid $3500 for going to dinner with him, but not have sex. So we went to his his hotel room…and I dont know what happened but, well, his expensive watch just disappeared. Like poof- it was gone! And then he got really angry and started totally trashing his room looking for his watch. I was so scared! I took my purse, because I didnt want him to look there, and hid in the bathroom! And now I dont know what happened to his watch, but I cant sell it because it’s a rare and recognizable watch, and so I totally dont have it…but now I have to do all this press and interviews or else I’ll never get paid and I’ll never be famous! You understand, right?”

  32. Kim says:

    Unfortunately because of her “job” what she says wont be given much validity. In her line of work you run across alot of scary guys. Certainly she knew the risks but probably didnt think a celeb would do this.

    She is probably speaking the truth & Charlie obviously has huge issues but hookers words arent taken very seriously

  33. Jen says:

    All I’m going to say is the chick is pushing maximum density in that face of hers.

  34. coucou says:

    He disgusts me and the success of his show disgusts me…the guy is a sick fupuck, and in his twisted state of mind, when he gets those huge paychecks, he probably feels completely vindicated and loved “unconditionally” by the whole US population. Well, not by me, i NEVER watch his show and take a personal pleasure in switching it off whenever it skanks up the airwaves.

    Pathetic prick.

  35. Just sayin says:

    She’s not a porn “star” – no one had ever heard over her until now! She’s a low-grade porn “actress”. She’s not an “escort” she’s a “hooker”. Don’t give credit when it isn’t due.

  36. ricochet says:

    Okay, so she’s a hooker. It’s a job. As a generalization, they are viewed as mistrustful, ignorant, people of low morals. This does make her late version of what happened problematic. But let’s pretend for a moment she’s a nurse. Or better yet, a nursing student. She admits to accepting $3500 to have a dinner with a man with a public image of a drug addicted pig who slaps women around. School is expensive you know, especially in NY. She agrees to go up to this freak’s room. Something happens, he freaks out, she hides in the bathroom with her purse apparently. Police come, talk her out of the bathroom (that’s what really happened according the security guards) and she’s in the wind. Now some time later she comes out on national tv with a version of what happened that hasn’t been stated before, despite her having ample opportunity to clear things up, press charges, fade into the background, take a quiet settlement, answer Sheen’s accusations regarding stolen property. Nurse, hooker, sunday school teacher, used car salesperson, I don’t buy it.
    Now is Sheen pure evil, as some of the commenters here say with complete conviction? I’m not in a position to say. Does one of his ex-wives believe he has some redeeming qualities? Apparently Denise Richards does, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say she probably knows him better than anyone here. The second wife is not allowed to have contact with him(nor he with her) so we don’t know what she thinks, but she’s been pretty quiet. Now,is he a pig? Christ yes. Is he substance abuser and probably an addict? All signs point to yes. Is addiction an illness? Of course, unless you’re in the limelight, then you’re just a bad person. (pick any star that’s gone into rehab, that is how they are viewed. But your mom, uncle or brother? Oh, they have an illness) On his conviction regarding the Christmas eve event, Sheen’s court records are sealed, so we actually don’t even know what came out in court, nor do we have any proof of what the actual criminal complaints said short of what TMZ, ET and the tabloids said. Which, oddly enough, I have chosen not to trust based on their own track record. Contrary to common belief, the written complaint is not automatically available to the public. Richards, when she divorced him, said it was his philandering ways. The second wife was obviously a marriage of two addicts, which never ends well. As far as what actually happened and what made the judge come up with the sentence he did, we don’t know, BECAUSE WE WEREN’T THERE. My guess is that it was something between the what the tabloids said and an argument between two drugged up people.
    Saying all this, I still hate his show. And in every movie he’s been in, his role has has been completely forgettable.

  37. Wresa says:

    Let’s not forget that Charlie is an equally incredible source. I believe her version, even if her actions after the initial incident were sketchy.

    And notice how Charlie’s lawyer instantly tries to put the scarlet “W” for “Whore” on her. Is he going to smear her reputation just like Richards and Mueller? You bet.

    Game over, Charlie. Time for you to pay up!!