Charlie Sheen had an incident during a recent trip to the dentist, sure, but it didn't involve illegal drugs or threatening anyone with a knife -- that according to his publicist and lawyer on Thursday.
Medicine the actor was taking for a decades-old shoulder injury interacted badly with nitrous oxide he was given last week, publicist Jeff Ballard told L.A. Now.
A police spokesman told the Los Angeles Times early Thursday that they planned to talk to Sheen, his bodyguard and his dentist regarding the incident in which the actor was accused of getting into a scrap with a dental technician.
Said technician had accused Sheen of hitting her and coming at his own dentist with a knife during a Sept. 25 appointment with a dental surgeon to fix an abscess, according to TMZ, which first reported the story.
The actor flailed his arms and knocked over a tray of instruments, Ballard told TMZ, but the the knife story, including an allegation that Sheen's bodyguard told the dental tech his charge was high on rock cocaine, was "completely fabricated," Sheen attorney Martin Singer told the website.
Singer said the technician had been fired the day after Sheen's appointment because she'd allegedly violated HIPAA privacy rules by telling her son the "Anger Management" star had been in the office. Apparently, Charlie found out that she'd talked.
Law enforcement sources told the the website that the dentist had been interviewed already and told police the dental technician was lying. Police did not confirm those alleged details of the complaint to The Times.
The actor has gotten in trouble with a knife before, however: Sheen was arrested on felony charges on Christmas morning 2009 in Aspen, Colo., after then-wife Brooke Mueller alleged that he'd put a knife to her throat during a drunken argument. Sheen pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge the following August, earning a month in rehab, a month of probation and 36 hours of anger-management classes.
Sheen made less dishy headlines last week when he told TV Guide that he was willing to return from the dead for the series finale of his former sitcom, "Two and a Half Men," from which he was fired in dramatic and grudge-inspiring style back May 2011 in the middle of a meltdown that included late-night video rants, kooky mainstream-media interviews, a $100-million lawsuit, tiger blood, a touring one-man show and much "winning."
Oh yeah, that's also when he joined Twitter.
"I've reached out to them and they've reached back," Sheen told TV Guide in an interview published last week. "We're trying to figure out what makes the most sense. If they figure it out like I've presented it to them and they want to include me in some final send-off, I'm available and I'm showing up early. If not, it's on them."
If nothing else, the reported allegations do back up one apparent truism:
"Charlie is newsworthy," his publicist said.