How the Char­lie Sheen saga turned from com­i­cal to ugly

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WHEN Char­lie Sheen threat­ened and ma­ligned his bosses over Two and a Half Men, it was busi­ness and, to some peo­ple at least, bizarrely comic. When his es­tranged wife al­leged that she and their twin tod­dlers were in peril from the TV star, the saga turned ugly.

Sheen’s 23-month-old sons were re­moved from his home Tues­day night af­ter Brooke Mueller Sheen claimed that he threat­ened her with de­cap­i­ta­tion, adding a nasty cus­tody battle to the ac­tor’s bit­ter war with the stu­dio and pro­duc­ers who shut down his hit CBS show. Her claims fol­lowed days of some­times manic, some­times vi­o­lence-tinged me­dia in­ter­views by Sheen, part of a pub­lic cam­paign to dis­prove that he is a drug-us­ing, reck­less play­boy who was un­able or un­fit to work on this sea­son’s fi­nal episodes of TV’s No 1 com­edy. Sheen’s grand­stand­ing has fas­ci­nated the pub­lic, with his Twit­ter ac­count draw­ing close to one mil­lion fol­low­ers a day af­ter it was cre­ated. But Mueller Sheen said in a claim seek­ing a re­strain­ing or­der filed Tues­day that his ‘‘ bizarre, dis­turb­ing and vi­o­lent’’ com­ments made her fear for the safety of their chil­dren be­cause Sheen ‘‘ does not ap­pear men­tally sta­ble’’.

Ac­cord­ing to Mueller Sheen’s fil­ing, Char­lie Sheen has rarely seen the boys in the past year, but took them on Satur­day and re­fused to re­turn them. Ac­cord­ing to a sworn dec­la­ra­tion filed in the case, she said her hus­band told her in a phone call Sun­day night, ‘‘ I will cut your head off, put it in a box and send it to your mom!’’ She also claimed ear­lier threats and phys­i­cal abuse. A court or­der is­sued Tues­day and ob­tained by The Associated Press re­quires Sheen to stay 100 me­tres away from Mueller Sheen and their twin sons. Sheen has two other chil­dren with for­mer wife Denise Richards. The twins, Max and Bob, were taken from Sheen’s Hol­ly­wood Hills home that night and re­turned to their mother’s care. The boys turn two on March 14.

A Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment state­ment that its of­fi­cers had re­moved the boys was in­cor­rect, po­lice Of­fi­cer Bruce Bori­hanh said Wed­nes­day.

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