Actor Charlie Sheen filed for divorce from his wife Brooke Mueller, days after being taken to hospital following a reported drunken escapade in New York.
They signed a divorce agreement back in May but never filed it and have been living apart for over seven months, Recently Sheen officially filed to end their two year marriage.
According to Mueller's lawyer, Sorrell Trope, the pair had agreed in May to wait a full year before officially filing for divorce because "she didn't want to make trouble for Charlie," who was under investigation for allegedly assaulting her in December. So Sheen's sudden unannounced filing was a little surprising.
Sheen's manager, Mark Burg, has shot back at Trope, saying, "Charlie tried to reach out to Brooke and left her a message before filing for divorce."For a parting shot, Burg said, "It's a shame that this ambulance chaser is trying to drum up more business because this divorce was finalized and agreed upon six months ago."
Sheen reneged on the 12-month divorce wait to divert attention away from his alleged drunken, naked, hotel-trashing outburst in New York. It seems that Charlie's decision to file for divorce from Brooke was a public relations move to divert attention from what happened with Charlie in New York City.
Sheen cited irreconcilable differences for the divorce and indicated in court filings in Los Angeles that the couple has a prenuptial agreement. He is also seeking joint physical and legal custody of their 1-year-old twin boys, Bob and Max, but is asking a judge not to award his wife any spousal support because of their pre-nup. In a separate divorce filing, Mueller seeks primary physical custody of the boys with visitation for Sheen. Plus Mueller is asking for spousal support.
They married in 2008 and Sheen made headlines on Christmas day when he was arrested on domestic violence charges in Aspen, Colorado. He allegedly assaulted Mueller and threatened her with a knife. The 'Two and a Half Men' star spent part of Christmas in an Aspen jail cell. The actor was charged with felony menacing, misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief. Sheen pleaded guilty to assault. Both filings note Dec 25 2009 as the day they separated.
This is Sheen's third marriage breakdown having split from first wife Donna Peele in 1996 and then from second wife Denise Richards in 2005. Those marriages lasted 1 year and 3 years respectively while he has been married to current wife Brooke Mueller since May 2008.