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Posted at 8:28 AM ET, 03/ 7/2011

Charlie Sheen: The story line missing from the spotlight

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

Update: Warner Bros. television has apparently had enough of Charlie Sheen. In a short statement Monday, the studio announced his services on "Two and a Half Men" were no longer needed, effective immediately.

"It's official: @charliesheen is following me on Twitter, so I win. Charlie, I'm sending over a van to collect the goddesses."

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.

By Melissa Bell  | March 7, 2011; 8:28 AM ET
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Comments

Please stop all articles on this man who abuses women, uses drugs and wants attention. You are feeding the beast. I don't care if you think you're showing the bad side of him. There are men and boys watching this piece of human garbage who now think it's ok to be abusive. The Washington Post is better than this. The sooner EVERYONE stops giving him attention, the better.

Posted by: colleenwood | March 7, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Glad you raised this important issue, but that's all you've done: raise it. You haven't done anything with it. I realize that bloggers don't live by quite the same standards as OpEd writers, but still: where's the beef? You've offered us half of a blog entry. Please complete your thought.

Posted by: olemiss1 | March 7, 2011 10:11 AM | Report abuse

My God, he makes Mike Tyson sound like Confucius.

Posted by: jrberton | March 7, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

It's not hero worship. Sheen is a train wreck, and we just can't look away. You know it's coming. You know it's going to be ugly, and yet you just can't look away. Fascination with the horrifying is human nature.

Posted by: cb11 | March 7, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Still winning...

Posted by: lingering_lead | March 7, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Charlie Sheen is awesome. He does whatever he wants and is honest about his lifestyle. You may not agree with it but guess what you don't have too. At least he isn't like all these anti-gay republicans who get caught with male hookers. He's honest and upfront about his lifestyle and he doesn't care if you people like it or don't and neither do his 2 million twitter followers.

If you are like us and love Charlie Sheen and Winning check out
www.getyoursheenon.com

Posted by: getyoursheenon | March 7, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Charlie Sheen is awesome. He does whatever he wants and is honest about his lifestyle. You may not agree with it but guess what you don't have too. At least he isn't like all these anti-gay republicans who get caught with male hookers. He's honest and upfront about his lifestyle and he doesn't care if you people like it or don't and neither do his 2 million twitter followers.

If you are like us and love Charlie Sheen and Winning check out
www.getyoursheenon.com

Posted by: getyoursheenon | March 7, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

How many people slow down to look at an accident? Do motor car race attendee’s really go to see the car crashes? Why are horror films so popular? Charlie Sheen is yet another in a long line of "stars" that are public "car crashes". His interviews will be used by law enforcement as training tapes for drug abuse identification. His eventual drug overdose will be used to teach children the dangers of excess. Will this be the last slow motion "star" car wreck we get to watch? Don't bet on it.

Posted by: NewThoughts | March 7, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Yup, train wreck. Thats why you (the media) keep talking about it, because people like train wrecks. Hero-Worship? No. He's a terrible actor, has no socially redeeming value, is addicted to many things that we neither want nor need, and flaunts it as if all the adoration were earned. Before he was hired for 2.5 men, he was nowhere. No one wanted him in a film or show because he sucks. People watched 2.5 men becuase there was nothing else on, and it allowed for 10 year olds to be entertained by the half-man, and adults to be entertained by John Cryer. You could have put any fool in Sheen's part and they would have done just as well. Because he can't act. It should be the first requirement of an actor. Just ship this idiot off to "where are they now" land lets be rid of him.

Posted by: oo7 | March 7, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I like probably many have semi-followed this through the press but yesterday I actually got to see some video and pretty obvious he is using drugs no matter what drug test results he provided. I think he suffers from what many stars and music giants suffer from.... they can't believe they are so great. In Sheen's case, number one comedy show and he's not funny... he's stoned.

Posted by: Geopolitics1 | March 7, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Is this about Sheen or us? The fascination with this man is stunning.

Posted by: stillAfan1 | March 7, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

that's one of the worst aspects of this fiasco why does the legal system ignore this ego maniac's abuse of women.
ms bell your story is incomplete as most stories about this drug taking, no talent when you fail to note that a gun was fired at a companion by sheen.your story is not accurate if you fail to mention all the criminal activities this woman beater has done.

Posted by: ninnafaye | March 7, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The only thing sicker than all the media attention being given to Charlie Sheen is all the media attention that Sarah Palin continues to receive. What's that all about anyway?

Posted by: topperale | March 7, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The losers here love to repeat like parrots Charlie's 'winning' phrases. They are attracted to that word because they are losers who can't do what Charlie is doing. Charlie's money lets him do what all the wealthy do: ignore rules and disrespect the little people. He's laughing at you for following him. But you can't claim to be a 'winner' just because you are attracted to his anarchic behavior. You are a loser: you pay taxes, you bail out the elite, you over pay for everything while Charlie and the elite get everything for free.

You are a loser because you follow an empty brain and empty soul who will be no-body in a very short time. He will meet you there, at the no-body website.

Posted by: coqui44 | March 7, 2011 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I am on a drug named Captain Obvious! If you were on it, you would have to follow the train wreck that is Charlie Sheen.

Posted by: CaptainObviousIII | March 7, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Have you seen his "goddesses"? HARDLY.

Get the crazy stuff out of your system BEFORE you have kids. Then when the kids are born, you turn into the ultimate square of all time. This does not include having porn stars hanging around your house.

Come on now.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 7, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Fascination w/Charlie Sheen is a sign of the sickness that is beginning to suffocate this nation. We have reached a point where all we want to hear or see is the most awful behavior from people whose names we recognize. Look at all the politicians who have destroyed their lives; mostly from sexual and/or drug problems. Have we truly, as a society, fallen to a place where this is our main attraction? I think so. Any good news is just swept under the rug and we latch on to the unbelievable behavior of so-called stars. It seems to me that people love to live vicariously through others. And as to stars, what constitutes one. Do you have to be in movies? on a reality show?
a has-been in some long forgotten day? We don't have "stars" any more, nor do we have "heroes" It is beyond words what the media has done to this country. And I'm talking mainstream here as well as the tabloids. They chase anything, everything. WE, THE PUBLIC, are the responsible parties who have allowed this behavior to escalate to the position it is in. Until we learn none of this is approprate and start punishment; until we start allowing the more notable of these accomplishments to be recognized in a reasonable way, without all the added "hoopla"; until we STOP hounding people in the media, the music industry, politicians, etc., and allow them to lead their lives in private, etc., these problems will exist and escalate. Children are manipulators from the day they are born, and the sooner some of that is channeled away from inappropriate behavior and into what is considered the norm, the sooner we can turn our country around. That is, assuming we have not allowed the pendalum too much room to swing.

Posted by: modenegunch | March 7, 2011 4:09 PM | Report abuse

...a male bimbo....

Posted by: areyousaying | March 7, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Duh, Winning! Charlie Sheen is da man! Money, goddesses, mansions, fancy cars what more could he want. Charlie has enough money to never have to work again. The TV show will quickly fail without him. He is the whole show. That's why he gets the big bucks. I hope he wins his lawsuit and all those hypocritical jerks at the network as well as Chiam Levine have to pay him until they are all broke.

You go Charlie! All this BS about him being mean to women is just that -- BS. That POS ex-wife of his Brooke is a total junkie and a goldigger. Anyone who is trying to run Charlie Sheen down just for having fun is just a jealous troll who can't imagine what it is like to have tiger blood and Adonis DNA.

Posted by: oldno7 | March 7, 2011 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The losers here love to repeat like parrots Charlie's 'winning' phrases. They are attracted to that word because they are losers who can't do what Charlie is doing. Charlie's money lets him do what all the wealthy do: ignore rules and disrespect the little people. He's laughing at you for following him. But you can't claim to be a 'winner' just because you are attracted to his anarchic behavior. You are a loser: you pay taxes, you bail out the elite, you over pay for everything while Charlie and the elite get everything for free.

You are a loser because you follow an empty brain and empty soul who will be no-body in a very short time. He will meet you there, at the no-body website.

Posted by: coqui44 | March 7, 2011 2:32 PM
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She/He/It's NOT winning.

Glad coqui has us all figured out. I find her/his/it's views on "the wealthy" frightening. Does he/she/it get out much? His/her/it's view of the world is sort of depressing, and just plain dumb and/or misleading.

Time to go back to winning!

Posted by: lingering_lead | March 7, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Sheen wins again. How? He's in the news...again. Charlie Sheen is the classic troubled kid. Bad attention is better than no attention.

Every time a media outlet uses his name, to drive eyeballs to their pages, he wins, and the media outlet enables and helps him justify his behavior.

The media and Charlie Sheen are co-dependent. Without Charlie what would you write about? Your as addicted to Charlie as Charlie is to drugs.

Sure you could do it without Charlie, but it's easier this way. Isn't it?

So stop being all high and mighty, and admit, that your just selling advertsing and trying to make a buck off Charlie Sheen.

Sadly, he doesn't even see a penny of it. At least Charlie tries to take care of his goddesses. What are you doing to help Charlie Sheen?

Posted by: ArtDodger69 | March 7, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I think the media is uncredulous! It is a poor reflection of the US media to incessantly report on when Charlie goes to the bathroom, his troublesome lifestyle (which media people, is influencing our young children!) The media should refocus their energy on more inportant issues, like what is going on in IRAQ (remember the trillion dollar war that has not ended?)What is going on in anywhere about good doers that are contributing to society, something that has depth! LET CHARLIE BE! Any coverage on his issues are repulsive!

Posted by: aeistar1 | March 7, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Why do we watch this entitled, addict? Because the news in this country is just that...tabloid and unredeemable in its present form.

That's it folks! The news on Washington Post, NYT, ABC, CBS, NBC, all about the Sheening.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | March 8, 2011 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Why do we watch this entitled, addict? Because the news in this country is just that...tabloid and unredeemable in its present form.

That's it folks! The news on Washington Post, NYT, ABC, CBS, NBC, all about the Sheening.

Posted by: Realitycheck6 | March 8, 2011 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Phil Spector threatened women with guns for years - it was even reported, off and on. It went on until finally he was so stoned he blew a woman's head off. I guess we can keep laughing at Sheen but any woman that would be alone in a room with him is on dangerous ground.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | March 8, 2011 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Hero worship?! People are actually admiring this bum?

Posted by: veritasinmedium | March 8, 2011 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I have to wonder if this is about the 'public' clamoring for him or the media? How many people would notice, or care, if the media just stopped reporting on his antics or taking his phone calls / intervies?

the fact is that this IS a train-wreck (or car wreck) and people instictively turn their heads to look at it, just because they can't believe what they are seeing. The media uses this to say they have more viewers / readers and use that to get more advertising revenue.

If you dropped this and gave us something else, we'd watch that.

Posted by: MadiganT | March 8, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Moar Charles Pleez!

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | March 8, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

OH EVERYONE NEEDS TO GET OFF THEIR HIGH HORSES AND COME TO TERMS WITH THE FACTS.

First, Two and a Half Men is a funny show that people do watch. It has good writing and the characters (including Charlie Sheen) are very good and make the show what it is.

Second, Writers are often criticized by actors. GET OVER IT!!!

Third, Charlie Sheen isn't the first "drug addict" in show business so stop making such a big deal out of this. HELL THE WRITERS IMPLY MARIJUANA USE FOR JAKE, CHARLIE IS SUPPOSED TO BE A WOMANIZING ALCOHOLIC, AND BERTA IS INTO EVERYTHING ON THE DOWN LOW. This isn't a huge deal and all the writers of "2 and a half men" are doing by getting butt hurt over what Charlie said, is ruining a working, funny, enjoyable show. You don't need to be a genius to know if it ain't broke don't fix it, and yeah so what if Charlie Sheen smokes crack? People are going to do what they are going to do. You think that rehab "helps" people change? No! People change if they WANT to change and for no other reason. Rehab is a pointless waste of time in the long run because most people "forced" to go to rehab, either lie and "fake it to make it" or they don't complete the program successfully cause they're bad at lying..

People don't have to approve of what Charlie does in his free time, Hell I doubt that if 90% of us were in the lime light we'd have a perfectly proper and morally healthy lifestyle... I know I'd be hated on by someone... Stop blowing things out of proportion. You're not perfect! So quit acting like there is a responsibility and image to uphold in his line of work.. The show doesn't lie to you, he's a womanizer, an alcoholic, and yeah he uses drugs... and you're better because of your self-righteousness? NO! You're a loser and are trying to feel better about being such a loser by pickin' on someone that doesn't hide and lie about who he really is... He's a better man than most of the people trashing him and handles himself appropriately given the circumstances he is in these days... So enough of your pious holier-than-Charlie bulls--t, it's time you got honest with yourself.

Posted by: swshaffer13 | March 8, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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