Charlie Sheen has been on a giving spree lately. (George Pimentel/WireImage)Two years ago, Charlie Sheen was still a few weeks away from his now-famous meltdown which involved getting himself fired from his cash cow sitcom “Two and Half Men” after publicly trashing the show’s creator, giving bizarre TV interviews laced with phrases like “tiger blood’ and winning,” and parading around a gaggle of girlfriends he called goddesses. But with those, er, exciting days behind him, the 47-year-old seems to be going on a different path and has actually done a series of good deeds lately.
His latest good karma move? Writing a check for $12,000 to the family of the paparazzo who was struck and killed by a car last week while trying to get a shot of Justin Bieber’s Ferrari.
According to a photo of the personal check posted on TMZ, Sheen wrote “funeral donation (RIP)” in the memo field.
The actor is clearly on a giving spree. Less than a month ago, he gave a much-needed $75,000 to the family of a young girl with a rare form of cancer. After chatting up a police officer in Hermosa Beach, California, in December, he learned the man’s daughter was battling a rare form of cancer. Sheen then wrote a check for $75,000 to go towards the girl’s care. To top things off, Sheen’s stunt-double chipped in another $25,000.
Just a month prior, the “Anger Management” star made a donation to what many deemed a much less worthy cause when he handed over $100,000 to cover Lindsay Lohan’s overdue tax bill. Apparently, the two became close on the set of “Scary Movie 5” last year. And though you’ve still got to wonder if the troubled starlet couldn’t have handled the debt on her own, she probably won’t have Sheen to rescue her next time. “I’m still waiting for a text to say ‘thank you,’” he told “Entertainment Tonight” shortly after he paid the bill. “Anything, you know?”
Sheen and Lindsay Lohan became pals on the set of Scary Movie 5. (Quantrell D. Colbert/Dimension Films)
But Sheen’s biggest cause of late has been one much more deserving than a former child star. Back in July, the dad of five announced he’d be donating at least 1 percent of the profits (or at least $1 million) from his new FX show “Anger Management” to the USO, a non-profit troops support services group. He made his first installment of $250,000 shortly thereafter. “It’s an honor for me to be able to give back to these men and women of the military who have done so much for all of us,” Sheen said in a statement at the time.
And unlike Lohan, the USO was appreciative. In a November press release announcing it had broken ground on a new Warrior and Family Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, the non-profit thanked Sheen as one of the donors who made the project possible.
As for what prompted the spurt of kindness, Sheen's rep told omg! that the actor has "always has made contributions to charities and the needy," and chose these particular people to help because "he became aware of their misfortune."
But perhaps Sheen's pal, comedian Jeffery Ross, said it best when he talked to the New York Daily News last year: “It goes to show you that underneath all those hookers is a really great guy.”
In case you’re thinking the infamous bad boy now has a permanent halo over his head, not to worry. Charlie is still Charlie. The actor recent caused plenty of hubbub when he tweeted a photo of himself with his arm around Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, over the holidays, writing that the mayor “knows how to party!” He later talked to TMZ about the guys’ night out, claiming that he and Villaraigoisa not only partied together at the opening of Sheen’s new bar in the Mexican resort town for several hours, but that the mayor drank in Sheen’s hotel room, which was filled with several women including an adult film star.
Sheen is currently on a new TV series, Anger Management. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
The mayor later denied the story to local media, claiming the men only bumped into each other, talked for three minutes, and snapped a photo. Sheen, of course, took issue. "I memorize 95 pages a week, so the last thing that I am is memory challenged," Sheen told the sit this week. "We hung out for the better part of two hours." But in more new Charlie fashion, he eventually apologized … kind of, saying the mayor spoke to many other people at the event (well, no one ever doubted that.) ”I am a giant fan of the mayor’s, and apologize if any of my words have been misconstrued.”
Sheen probably wants to put the whole thing behind him so he can focus on more important matters: his new “goddess,” porn star Georgia Jones.
Old habits die hard.
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