Divorce attorneys in Pasadena - who have seen their share of wild celebrity exploits - agree that nothing compares to the recent antics of Charlie Sheen. In one week's time, his hit show on CBS has been temporarily cancelled, he has willingly taken a drug test for an online gossip site and launched a million tirades via interviews with every network and website that would sit still. Now Sheen's wild behavior has resulted in a restraining order from estranged wife Brooke Mueller, who recently had the police retrieve the couple's twin sons from Sheen's home.
On Tuesday, March 1, police arrived at the mansion of Charlie Sheen under instruction from a judge who ordered the twins be returned to their mother. The judge temporarily stripped the actor of custody of the boys after Mueller submitted a declaration stating that Sheen threatened Mueller by saying, "I will cut your head off, put it in a box, and send it to your mom."
Legal experts say courts don't take threats like this lightly.
"If a judge receives credible evidence that a person poses a threat to another parent or their children, they grant restraining orders first and ask questions later, to err on the side of caution," says one LA legal expert.
Police officers took the twins, who will turn two this month, back to Mueller who claims Sheen had violated terms of their temporary custody agreement. Prior to the events of the last several months, Sheen was reportedly seeking full custody of the children. Sources close to Mueller say she is in fact sober and currently seeking full custody of the twins.
"I am very concerned that [Sheen] is currently insane," Mueller stated in the document. "I am in great fear that he will find me and attack me and I am in great fear for the children's safety while in his care."
Sheen, for his part, has told Radaronline.com, "My fangs are dripping with tiger's blood" in response to the removal of his children... and when asked by People magazine if he was ready for a custody battle, he replied via text, "Born ready. Winning."
A hearing has been set for March 22 to determine if the restraining order should be extended. Sheen and Mueller are both required to attend.