Villaraigosa: 'I've said what I'm going to say' on Charlie Sheen
It might have been a news conference about a new downtown art museum, but actor Charlie Sheen was a topic of conversation for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday.
Sheen made news last month after he tweeted a picture of himself with his arm around Villaraigosa the night of Sheen's bar opening in Baja California, Mexico. The former star of "Two and a Half Men" praised the mayor as a man who "knows how to party." But Villaraigosa downplayed the significance of the image, telling KNBC's Conan Nolan over the weekend that he had only "bumped into" Sheen and engaged in a three-minute conversation.
On Tuesday, as Villaraigosa walked out of a meeting flanked by his security detail through a City Hall corridor and into his office, he refused to talk about the encounter with Sheen.
"I don't have anything else to say about that," Villaraigosa said. He also ignored questions from reporters about the incident as he walked into a news conference Tuesday morning celebrating progress on a new downtown museum being developed by billionaire Eli Broad."Can you just set the record straight for us?" asked one reporter. "What was it? Two hours or three minutes?" asked another. Then came the zinger: "Does what happens in Cabo stay in Cabo?"
Villaraigosa cackled at the Cabo crack but refused to take the bait. "I've said what I'm going to say on that, everybody," Villaraigosa declared. "You had fun. Let's talk about the important things, like a thousand jobs today" -- a reference to construction work going on at Broad's museum.
Sheen initially challenged Villaraigosa's account on Tuesday, telling celebrity website TMZ that the mayor was drinking in Sheen's hotel suite in a room full of beautiful women, including at least one porn star. "I memorize 95 pages a week, so the last thing that I am is memory challenged," Sheen told the website. "We hung out for the better part of two hours."
Hours later, Sheen issued a more muted account, saying the mayor had spoken to many other people at the opening of the bar. "I am a giant fan of the mayor's and apologize if any of my words have been misconstrued," the statement said.
-- David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum