Charlie Sheen: The story line missing from the spotlight


(Charlie Sheen in a mug shot taken after his 2009 domestic violence arrest. (Reuters /Aspen Police Department))

Conan O’Brien tweeted that message out Sunday night to his 2.5 million followers, reiterating the sudden Sheen-love the entire country seems have been stricken with for just over three weeks now. Three weeks of interviews, Internet memes and questions about his mental health, his sobriety and his tiger blood. But one story line has been missing: his allegedly abusive history with women.

An article in the New York Times Op-ed pages on Friday asked why observers have shied away from this. The whole op-ed is worth a read, but one paragraph in particular should be noted:

In 2006, his wife at the time, the actress Denise Richards, filed a restraining order against him, saying Mr. Sheen had shoved and threatened to kill her. In December 2009, Mr. Sheen’s third wife, Brooke Mueller, a real-estate executive, called 911 after Mr. Sheen held a knife to her throat. (He pleaded guilty and was placed on probation.) Last October, another actress in sex films, Capri Anderson, locked herself in a Plaza Hotel bathroom after Mr. Sheen went on a rampage. (Ms. Anderson filed a criminal complaint but no arrest was made.) And on Tuesday, Ms. Mueller requested a temporary restraining order against her former husband, alleging that he had threatened to cut her head off, “put it in a box and send it to your mom.” (The order was granted, and the couple’s twin sons were quickly removed from his home.) “Lies,” Mr. Sheen told People magazine.

In the stories on Sheen we can think about these issues, worry about why we’ve accepted a hero-worship of the man. Or we can just tap our feet in time to another funny video auto-tuning his most memorable quotes.

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