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Wildman actor Charlie Sheen, barely out of hospital from his latest reported drug-and-booze meltdown, said Tuesday he has no intention of mending his ways.

“I was sober for five years a long time ago and was just bored out of my tree,” he said in a phone call to DirecTV/Fox Sports Radio host Dan Patrick.“It’s inauthentic — it’s not who I am. I didn’t drink for 12 years and, man, that first one, Dan. Wow.”

Sheen, star of the TV series Two and a Half Men and the son of actor Martin Sheen, has become nonstop tabloid fodder with escapades allegedly involving hard drugs, hard drinking, prostitutes and porn actresses.

Two weeks ago he checked into rehab after being rushed to hospital with “severe abdominal pains” from a reported drug- and booze-fueled bender.

The emergency required suspension of production on Two and a Half Men, in which Sheen, 45, plays a hedonistic bachelor.

In his rambling radio interview, Sheen suggested he should get back to work while he still could.

“Check it. It’s like, I heal really quickly. But I unravel pretty quickly. So get me right now, guys,” he said, addressing the show’s producers.

TMZ, a celebrity news site, reported that Sheen had been partying with five women, including a porn star, and a briefcase full of cocaine at the time of his last meltdown.

The star filed for divorce from his wife of two years in November, days after being taken to hospital following a reported drunken incident at a luxury New York hotel involving another porn star.

Sober may be boring, but it’s probably not as mind-numbing as being locked in a cage 24-7.

Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has appealed to India’s top medical institute to retire old monkeys used in scientific research, animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals India said Saturday.

The Hollywood actress said she had seen a video allegedly secretly filmed at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences that showed sick monkeys and rabbits which had been kept in cages for up to 20 years.

“It broke my heart to see the suffering,” Anderson said in a letter written to the institute’s director R.C. Deka on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The video, which was enclosed with the letter, showed animals under extreme distress, with a monkey racing up the walls of the cage to get out and a rat compulsively running in circles, she said.

“The animals suffering behind closed doors ... must endure this nightmare every day,” she said.

A spokesman for the institute told Indian newspaper the Times of India that the institute had not received any letter from Anderson, and said that the research facility was “state of

the art” and fully compliant with Indian laws.

Anderson, 43, recently came to India’s financial capital Mumbai to participate in the reality television show Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother.

In other news, a celebrity investment firm filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, listing entertainers such as Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Paul Simon, TV interviewer Barbara Walters and film producer Harvey Weinstein among hundreds of creditors. Starr & Company LLC and Starr Investment Advisors LLC filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy less than a year after its founder Kenneth Starr pleaded guilty to bilking millions of US dollars from investors.

In its petition for Chapter 7 liquidation Starr & Co listed debt of US$3.15 million and assets of US$154,466. The two businesses are in the care of Aurora Cassirer, a receiver. Under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code, businesses wind down rather than reorganize.

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