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Charlie Sheen rant: Staples Center defends keeping him out

June 7, 2012 |  2:37 pm

Charlie Sheen at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards

Well, there wasn't much "winning" for Charlie Sheen on Wednesday.

The actor was barred from re-entering Staples Center after he stepped outside to smoke a cigarette, a decision defended Thursday by arena officials.

Michael Roth of AEG, which owns Staples Center, said signs inside and outside the arena state that once people exit the building, they are not allowed to return. There are places where smoking is permitted inside Staples Center, he said.

The policy, which Roth said was used at "nearly every other venue where tickets are required for entry" is designed for for the "safety of fans."

Roth declined to comment on the employee's actions but said, "We regret that any patron would direct such abusive language at one of our employees."

Sheen joined a crowd of nearly 19,000 at Staples Center to watch the Los Angeles Kings take on the New Jersey Devils in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

When Sheen was denied re-entry, he delivered an expletive-laced rant, which was caught on camera by TMZ crews.

"What does common sense dictate?" Sheen told the employee.

The video also shows the female employee, dressed in a red Staples Center jacket, admitting that she responded to Sheen's tantrum with an expletive of her own.

"I don't care who he is," she told the camera.

Sheen, the former star of "Two and a Half Men," drew intense media attention last year during a very public meltdown. In various media appearances during his split from CBS, Sheen compared himself to a warlock, boasted about "banging seven-gram rocks" of cocaine and coined still-popular catchphrases like "winning."

The actor recently told Rolling Stone he was in "total denial" about the chain of events. Sheen, who has spent multiple stints in rehab, also told the magazine that he was no longer sober.

"I don't see what's wrong with a few drinks. What's your drink? Tequila? Mine's vodka," he said. "Straight, because I've always said that ice is for injuries."

The ice was another sore spot for Sheen on Wednesday: Although he picked the Kings to win -- and didn't get to see the end of the game -- the team lost, 3-1.


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Photo: Charlie Sheen makes an appearance at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. Credit: Matt Sayles / Invision / Associated Press