The media has been dragged into an investigation by authorities in Los Angeles into allegations that actor Charlie Sheen threatened a former girlfriend. Reuters reports that the celebrity website RadarOnline.com and the National Enquirer tabloid refused today to hand over material sought by authorities in the investigation.
As we reported yesterday, Sheen is said to be a suspect in an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities are not releasing details, but it is believed that it involves Sheen’s former fiancee Scottine Ross, an ex-porn star. Ross has reportedly accused Sheen in the past of threatening her.
“Los Angeles police on Tuesday served a search warrant on the New York headquarters of American Media Inc., the parent company of RadarOnline and the Enquirer,” Reuters reports.
“The police probe follows published reports by RadarOnline and the National Enquirer about audio in which a man, said to be the former ‘Two and a Half Men’ TV star, is heard saying he would like to see a former fiancee ‘have her head kicked in,'” the report adds.
RadarOnline has said it will not turn over the material, indicating that it has “no intention of turning over documents or identifying sources in the matter.”
In a statement, Dylan Howard, editor in chief of The National Enquirer and editorial director of RadarOnline.com, said: “We believe the search warrant is illegal and violates federal and state law prohibiting the use of search warrants against media companies who are reporting news and information.”