Charlie Sheen, ex-wife, battle for custody of sons

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 19, 2011 1:43 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former "Two and A Half Men" star Charlie Sheen and his ex-wife Brooke Mueller went to a Los Angeles court on Tuesday to battle over custody of their twin sons.

Sheen, 45, who was fired from the hit CBS TV comedy in March, is seeking sole custody of two year-old sons Max and Bob. The judge at Tuesday's hearing closed the session to the media.

Sheen and Mueller, his third wife, divorced earlier this year after the actor was convicted of assaulting Mueller in a drunken argument in December 2009.

They have both made repeated trips to rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.

Mueller was awarded primary physical custody of the twins in the divorce settlement. Last month, she won a temporary restraining order against Sheen, and the two children were removed by police from the actor's home.

Lawyers for Sheen are expected to argue that Mueller, 33, has relapsed and is no longer fit to take care of the boys.

Sheen was fired for insulting producers of "Two and a Half Men" in a series of erratic, rambling interviews in March shortly after entering treatment, unusually at his home, following a 36-hour cocaine fueled party.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Christine Kearney)