A New York strip club has dismantled a tribute of sorts to Charlie Sheen after being threatened with a lawsuit by lawyers for the actor, the New York Post’s Page Six reports.
Attorneys issued the threat to Cheetahs in a cease-and-desist letter demanding that the club take down its "Charlie Sheen Room," where guests ate sushi off the bodies of scantily clad women, the story reports. The letter claimed that the VIP room could damage Sheen’s reputation, the report says.
The room, which was available for $250 per person, was plastered with smiling pictures of the former "Two and a Half Men" star, the piece notes. After receiving the letter, the club decided to remove the Sheen references from the room.
"We thought dedicating a room to dine in his honor would help repair and elevate his image. He should have called us up and thanked us," said Sam Zherka, president of the company that owns Cheetahs. "We figured it would be comical to name a room after him. It was a room where you could dine on sushi served on cellophane on the body of one of our entertainers, not where you do crack."
Zherka said Sheen’s lawyers threatened to sue the club for millions. “We have now removed his name,” he added. “He wasn’t doing big business for us anyway. We had a little ritual and threw his image in garbage — a celebration of Charlie Sheen being dumped.”
Sheen’s attorney said the issue was the lack of permission to use Sheen’s name. "You can’t use any celebrity name to promote a business without permission. They had no right to use his name," attorney Marty Singer said, according to the story.