Charlie Sheen, former star of CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” and current star of FX’s “Anger Management,” was caught onstage dropping a homophobic slur at the opening of his new bar in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Although Sheen has since denied any homophobic intent, his comments can be clearly heard on a recording.
Sheen was introducing several high-profile performers and guests at the bar’s opening Friday night when he dropped the slurs. Performers included Guns N' Roses' former guitarist Slash, and guests included Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
“How are we doing?” Sheen is heard asking the crowd at the bar’s opening. When the crowd did not respond as enthusiastically as he had hoped, Sheen said, “Lying bunch of f----t a--holes, how we doing?”
After Sheen made the homophobic remark, news of his slur quickly spread online. However, it was not verified until TMZ posted a video of the event Sunday morning.
In the aftermath of the remark, Sheen declared not only that was there no homophobic intent behind his words, but that he never intended to say the slur at all. Allegedly, Sheen meant to say “maggot,” but his lisp distorted the word.
“I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one, and I apologize if I offended anyone,” Sheen told TMZ. “I meant to say maggot, but I have a lisp."
Throughout Friday night, Sheen had been promoting the opening of Epic Bar on the rooftop of Cabo’s El Ganzo hotel. All that day, Sheen tweeted promotional messages about its opening.
"Chilling @hotelelganzo and this place is amazing!! Can't wait to launch the Club Epic tonight. ... What a party!" Sheen wrote, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Even after the incident involving the homophobic slur, Sheen continued to promote the bar on Twitter. He tweeted a photo of himself slinging his arm around Villaraigosa, writing, "From Boyle Heights 2 Mayor of LA..! .... Antonio Villaraigosa knows how to party!"
Cabo San Lucas, in Mexico’s state of Baja California, is a popular resort destination for wealthy members of Southern California society.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.