I can’t survive on $52,000 a month
CHARLIE Sheen, who last month married Brooke Mueller, is clearly unimpressed his former wife Denise Richards is starring in her own reality show.
It’s believed Sheen’s mates are rallying round him as Richards enthusiastically promotes a show certain to portray him in an unfavourable light.
‘‘She (Richards) gets more than enough money from Charlie to never have to work, much less do a reality show that exploits the kids,’’ an unnamed friend of Sheen’s tells the New York Post.
Sheen and friends are furious the reality show features the ex-couple’s two daughters, Lola and Sam. Richards has been on the Today show, The View and Larry King Live in the US to explain she only agreed to make the show for money to support her children.
But the Sheen insider says: ‘‘Denise gets $US52,000 ($54,000) a month tax-free in child support. Most people in America can figure out how to live on that, but Denise can’t?’’
In addition to the child support, Richards got $62,000 a month (also tax-free) for two years in alimony adding up to a whopping $1.49 million. Richards also gains a chunk of Sheen’s hot sitcom, Two and a Half Men, which could net her up to $26 million, the source says.
A spokesperson for Sheen has released a statement saying: ‘‘The mere fact that she continues to publicly discuss and harass both Brooke and me (Sheen) three years after our separation, which for the record is longer than the actual length of the marriage, is beyond desperate and speaks volumes.’’
Sheen was once the king of Hollywood hellraisers. In the late ’90s, drugs and booze put him on a seemingly inexorable downward
slide. He dealt with his demons and clawed his way back into favour by scoring the lead role of Charlie Harper in Two and a Half Men.
Sheen was a former client of madam Heidi Fleiss, but seemed to rediscover traction in life when he married Richards.
By the beginning of 2005, however, Sheen was playing single dad on and off the set of his sitcom.
The Guide caught up with Sheen on the LA set of Two and a Half Man when his relationship with Richards seemed beyond repair. There were strict conditions placed on the interview. Sheen had made it known through his publicist that a single question about Richards would result in the reporter being thrown off the set.
Sheen, however, nodded in acknowledgment when asked if his real life had mirrored the ups and downs he’d faced as a battling single dad on the sitcom.
He explained his work had acted as a form of stress relief at a time when his private life was difficult.
‘‘Focusing on the work, you know, has helped,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m grateful I have work to focus on because a lot of people don’t.’’
Did it concern Sheen people would compare his wayward sitcom character with his life away from the show?
‘‘I have to be smart enough and responsible enough to know that’s going to be the obvious comparison,’’ he said. ‘‘I would be a fool to think otherwise. ‘‘I just figured, you know, the producer wants to hire a guy who knows something about that bachelor arena. You don’t call a plumber to fix your car. Look, I don’t laugh at the misfortune of others. I’ve always been able to laugh at the misfortune of myself.’’
Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife Denise Richards is interviewed on the Today show. Picture: AP
Happy now: Sheen and Brooke Mueller, who he married last month. Picture: AFP