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Mayor distances himself from Sheen after homophobic rant

WITH friends like this, who needs enemies?

This may be the be question that the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, is asking himself today, after he had to deny a friendship with Charlie Sheen.

Sheen hit the headlines again over the weekend after using a series of homophobic slurs while on holiday in Mexico.

And although the mayor had nothing to do with Charlie's choice of words, he did happen to pose for a picture alongside the actor.

Now the snap has come back to haunt him -- and he's denying he even knows Sheen. The mayor went on NBC 4 LA to clarify that he is not best friends with the controversial actor.

The picture, which shows the two men arm-in-arm, was taken at the El Ganza hotel in Mexico, the same location where Sheen made homophobic comments.

The former Two and A Half Men star later apologised for the incident, saying: "I meant no ill will and intended to hurt no one."