Charlie Sheen loses sons, gains Twitter following; manic media blitz continues
The Charlie Sheen tornado keeps swirling, with the actor picking up even more camera time since his "20/20" interview was taped and then losing access to his twin sons with Brooke Mueller courtesy of a temporary restraining order granted Tuesday.
The children were collected from Sheen's home by a Mueller representative Tuesday night, L.A. Now reports, with the newly Twitter-enabled actor saying at the time that his sons were fine. However, the actor said Wednesday on "Today" that "at this moment on live television, I do not know where my children are, but I'm not panicking."
Sheen allegedly threatened Sunday to "cut your [Mueller's] head off, put it in a box and send it to your mom," Mueller said in court documents filed Tuesday, requesting that her future ex-husband stay away from her and their sons, Bob and Max. A temporary order was granted until a March 22 hearing, and the boys were removed from Sheen's house overnight. (Click to view the restraining order documents.)
In Sheen's "20/20" interview (see the first part, immediately below), he introduced "goddesses" Natalie Kenly and Rachel Oberlin, a.k.a. Bree Olson — live-in girlfriends of the 24-year-old nanny and porn-star varieties — and the women talked about being there for the boys.
Sheen explained how the household functioned:
(When porn actress and Sheen party guest Kacey Jordan said on TV in January that the sitcom star had asked her to take care of his daughters, mom Denise Richards responded promptly on Twitter: "If you caught GMA today ... FYI.. No 'adult film star' will be babysitting our kids!")
L.A. Now reported Wednesday that, according to police, Richards had come by Sheen's house at some point to check on the status of their children together; PopEater said later Wednesday that the girls Sam and Lola were home with their mom Tuesday night and that the actress had tweeted, then deleted, a note that she'd just put the kids to bed. A Ministry inquiry to Richards' publicist was not immediately returned Wednesday.
Since Sheen's first TV interview was taped Saturday, he has talked with NBC, ABC, TMZ, Radar Online, Piers Morgan on CNN, Howard Stern on Sirius/XM — that after previous radio interviews with Dan Patrick and Alex Jones. Moments after Sheen's TMZ interview Monday, publicist Stan Rosenfield quit Team Sheen.
"I believe his rage is the result of an intense mental issue," Mueller said in her court documents.
Wednesday on "Good Morning America," Sheen's mental health was discussed, with GMA health editor Dr. Richard Besser describing Sheen's behavior as "a full-fledged manic episode ... with delusions of grandeur," and addiction specialist Kristina Wandzilak noting that, in her experience, the "down" aspect of bipolar disorder can manifest in men as rage rather than as Sheen's vision of someone crawling off in a corner, crying and blaming his mom. (See that video below.)
For "20/20," the "bi-winning" actor dismissed speculation about bipolar disorder, saying, "And then what? What's the cure? Medication? To make me like the rest of them? Not gonna happen."
Catching up further: CBS chief Les Moonves also weighed in on the drama around "Two and a Half Men" and its star, saying Tuesday at a business conference that nixing the last eight episodes would save the network money in the short term.
"He's been on the air a lot," Moonves said of his wayward star. "I just wished he would have worked this hard to promote himself for an Emmy."
Sheen, however, said Wednesday on "Today" that he'd call off his threatened legal battle with CBS and Warner Bros. only if everyone who works on "Men" — cast and crew — were paid in full for the eight canceled episodes.
After one day in action, incidentally, the verified @charliesheen Twitter account was well on its way to tallying 1 million followers. Sheen's bio on the microblogging site? "Born Small... Now Huge... Winning... Bring it..! (unemployed winner...)."
— Christie D'Zurilla
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photos: Charlie Sheen with ABC News' Andrea Canning on Saturday, top; Brooke Mueller in January, right. Credits: ABC News, top; Frazer Harrison / Getty Images, right.