Charlie Sheen Regrets Comments Interpreted as 'Borderline Anti-Semitic'

11:48 PM PST 02/28/2011 by THR staff
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The troubled star drew criticism from the Anti-Defamation League for remarks made in a radio interview last week.

Charlie Sheen said he regrets making comments about Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre that the Anti-Defamation League called "at best bizarre, and at worst, borderline anti-Semitism."

Last week in a radio interview, Sheen called Lorre "Chaim Levine."

"By invoking television producer Chuck Lorre’s Jewish name in the context of an angry tirade against him, Charlie Sheen left the impression that another reason for his dislike of Mr. Lorre is his Jewishness," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

During an appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Monday, Morgan asked Sheen if he regretted his words.

"Well, yes, I do, I regret it in a way that I didn't even think about it," Sheen said. "I should have thought about it. Stupid, stupid move."

He said he would apologize to Lorre if given the opportunity and went on to explain his mindset at the time.

"I thought the rules had been established," Sheen said. "He calls me Carlos Estevez a lot, which is my real name, and then I saw the other name on his vanity card, and I said it, and the world just started burning down around me."

And does he have any regrets about his recent behavior?

"Maybe I should have been a little quieter, a little softer. But look what happens when you when decide to blaze a trail, you find out that those that can't stand the heat around them, they don't really have the guts to survive, you know?"

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