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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/25/2006

Dear Charlie

By Liz Kelly

The latest accusations from your soon-to-be-ex Denise Richards have me a little worried about you. Again.

I know I'm not the only child of the '80s who can admit to being totally attracted to the drugged-out character you played in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." There was something endearing about the way you totally antagonized/charmed the uptight Jennifer Grey -- the leather jacket, the bloodshot eyes. Sigh. We all wished for similar luck if ever we found ourselves in police custody.

Denise and Charlie, 2003. (AP)

Then we grew up. And by we, I mean me and my Gen X sisters. Some of us had our own brushes with the leather jacket and the bloodshot eyes, others wisely bypassed that particular rite of passage and went straight for Ferris or even Cameron (who, though subdued, was totally cool and his parents had that great cantilevered house in the woods).

You grew up, too... eventually. We clicked our tongues and shook our heads at the out-of-control Charlie who partied his way through the '90s and Heidi Fleiss's flock of call girls. We smiled hopefully and crossed our fingers each time you seemed to be making a go of it and cleaning yourself up. We just as sadly exhaled when you fell off the wagon time and again.

Then, suddenly, you were not only clean, but a clean-cut sitcom star, paired with Duckie Dale in "Two and a Half Men." You and Denise settled into married life and started a family -- she seemed to be the perfect mate for a husband with an eye for bombshells. Our Charlie had finally settled down.

Alas, it was too good to be true.

The rumor mill started cranking last year when Denise filed for divorce while still expecting child no. 2. A year and a failed reconciliation later, jaws are dropping in front of computer screens everywhere as we read the 17 pages of Denise's divorce filing --Internet porn, a madam, a gambling addiction and assault. Ouch.

The out-of-control, bloodshot-eyed guy -- not so hot anymore. C'mon, Charlie. I doubt you'll be able to patch things up with Denise (who spent time this weekend with newly single Richie Sambora) but those two kids still need a dad.

By Liz Kelly  | April 25, 2006; 10:43 AM ET
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Geez, I can't believe anyone really cares about a nobody like Charlie Sheen. Let's face it, he's one of our leading American Masters of Mediocrity. Even granting him 'C-list' status would be a compliment.

Posted by: Roscoe | April 25, 2006 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Come on now. Anyone who plays in an Oliver Stone movie about Vietnam gets a big cookie!

Posted by: El Tonno | April 25, 2006 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Get a life. You're a pathetic victim of all the Gossip magazines. You don't know anything about CS's personal life and neither does the judge. The truth is the first casualty in any Divorce hearing. Everyman is into porn from the pope to the BTK to President Bush. There is nothing (on the surface), based on evidence, that CS is a bad father and or violent husband, and yet he loses full access to his children. I hope you are not his divorce judge, for we already know where you stand on his innocence.

Posted by: Bofuj | April 25, 2006 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Men and women are SOOOOOOO different.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2006 12:18 PM | Report abuse

CS went on record saying that he thinks President Bush knew about 9/11 beforehand. A freak close to the level of Michael Jackson and Tom Cruise. He should be kept away from all children.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 25, 2006 12:24 PM | Report abuse

We forget, males are 10-15 years BEHIND women emotionally. We need to realize that by the time Charlie grows up, his daughters will be in high school. Some men take a long time to 'get it'.

We know Martin Sheen hands are covering his face at this point. This man had the police track down Charlie's limo a few years ago, and had him dragged into police custody in order to save his life. Did he make a mistake? Well, he has two beautiful granddaughters he may never know because his son lacks maturity.

Charlie hid all his predilections from Denise until AFTER they were married. I am sure, had she known 'BEFORE' they were married, I'm sure she would NOT have married him or had children with him.

Hollywood is well known for it's 'change partners & dance' routine. Now Denise is with Heather's ex-Richie Sambora. Heather & Denise were friends but not after this.

She has given him the ultimate 'back-hand' in public & in private. She's letting every woman who fell for his good looks, his smooth demeanor, & money, he's dangerous, voltile, unstable. He's not ready for a long term relationship with anyone who's not a bookie.

These are the men our smart mothers warned us about. Those little things we think are cute, grow into nasty, vicious, annoying habits that take up more room in the relationship then we want.

And now, we have proof that tall, dark, and handsome is a warning that all that glitters will never be gold! Be careful what you wish for . . .

Thank you Denise!

Posted by: Hidden Beach | April 25, 2006 12:34 PM | Report abuse

No one cares about Charlie because Emilio is hotter. Duh.

Posted by: SmoochiePoo | April 25, 2006 12:37 PM | Report abuse

lay off the Dubya...... it's carlos we're talking about here.
I love how people like to bring it back to world issues and thow in their worthless 2cents about Bush. whatever! save that for a real blog about things that matter. charlie is nobody!!!!!! he's vapor!!!! no one gives a hoot about what he has to say or do. he's a middle aged less than mediocre "actor" who only "made it" in Hollywood because of his all too talented father.
Denise is a smart woman even though she was caught up in the moment and married an idiot. She's doing the right thing now and that's all that matters.

Posted by: Demo | April 25, 2006 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Denise Richards is telling her side of the story. How dare the Post publish commentary by a self-identified 'Gen-Xer' as fact. Slander and defamation carry serious civil penalties and that,. so far, is all this amounts too. Charlie went over the age saying the US Govt. bombed the Pentagon and WTC, but I think we should give him a break on the outrageous comments we have heard from a woman, a 'mother', going out with Rock Stars before the ink is dry on the 'restraining order'. What kind of example is that for her own children. Rather floozy-like if you ask me!

Posted by: Tyler D, Detroit MI | April 25, 2006 1:28 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Liz. You're telling Charlie Sheen to grow up and you're still nursing a high school crush?!?! Time to look in the mirror, baby.

Posted by: Boland | April 25, 2006 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Normally, I don't care about celebrities, but I took a few minutes to read Denise Richards's complaint. I don't think she's making it up. All of the addictions (sex, gambling, porn, alcohol, prescription drugs) makes sense and could easily explain most of the problems. I'm sure there are plenty of witnesses, so I doubt it's just a matter of her word against his. And, a forensic computer analyst could easily verify his membership on the possible child porn sites.

I guess it shows money and celebrity are no buffers against problems (maybe they exacerbate the problems?)

Posted by: Kate | April 25, 2006 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Umm...did anybody READ the legal document? There seems to be a lot of evidence gathered to support Denise's version of events. I'm anxious to hear/see Charlie's rebuttal, but right now it aint looking so good for ol' boy.

Posted by: write4food | April 25, 2006 2:52 PM | Report abuse

...maybe he realized that living the straight and narrow life of a respectable married man isn't all that it's rumored to be.

Maybe it's actually fun to be a wild party-man in Los Angeles.

Maybe...he's not ashamed of who he least, he was happy then. Instead of being tied down to some average-looking blonde (and that's being kind).

Maybe that's what you're really afraid of.

Posted by: cc | April 25, 2006 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmmmm. Charlie runs through Heidi Fleiss's "entourage" within a week and Denise Richards didn't have a clue? She knew, but like most women, she thought she could change him. Wake up and smell the Starbucks, ladies.

Little Georgie "did" know about 9/11 before it happened. Get used to it.

Posted by: Jack Sprat | April 25, 2006 3:09 PM | Report abuse

CS was targeted by this stuff because he went public on Bush and 9/11. This hatchet job was put out to send the message: stick your head above the crowd and you'll get your head shot off. WWW.INFOWARS.COM.

Posted by: bristol | April 25, 2006 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Denise Richards knew exactly who she was marrying. So, she couldn't change him - that's her problem, not his. Maybe the problem is that SHE could not change to match Charlie's needs.

Posted by: Jak | April 25, 2006 4:19 PM | Report abuse

people don't 'outgrow' addictions nor addictive personalities. dig? denise is the idiot marrying this guy knowing his history...

Posted by: adam | April 25, 2006 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Who's Charlie Sheen?

Posted by: Hong Kong | April 25, 2006 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Chances are, when they were dating, Charlie was on his best behavior. Or, at least he was really good at hiding his worst behavior. So, it's not surprising that, if Denise Richards had never been with someone with such an array of addictive or repulsive (to her) behaviors, she would not have known to look for signs of those behaviors.

Maybe she saw him gamble once or twice, but she didn't know that he would gamble even after losing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Perhaps she saw him look at Playboy, but had no idea he liked gay porn (with underage guys) or kiddie porn with girls.

She knew he was in AA, but she thought he was keeping up with it.

These guys are the best liars, too. So I'm sure anytime she had a question, he had a really good response.

Posted by: Kate | April 25, 2006 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Liz is forgetting about Charlie's other kids with yet another woman, who I believe his brother acts like more of a dad to them than Charlie does.

Posted by: Scott | April 26, 2006 4:04 AM | Report abuse

um, no one's mentioned anything about Denise spending the weekend "with newly single Richie Sambora." He's "newly single" because his wife found out he was hooking up with another woman.

Sheen may be a dirtbag, but Richards' hands are dirty, too. It's possible that they're both selfish narcissists (in Hollywood?? who'd think), and that Richards just has a faster publicist.

And as for the treacly plea, "but you're a dad," remember that some of the biggest skanks in the world are dads. It's not really the kind of thing you have to ace the SAT for.

Posted by: greg | April 26, 2006 7:59 AM | Report abuse

This is all the standard lies women tell when they file; they all do it, they are all lying. The divorce industry propogates this travesty, and all you gossip reading dummies fall for it as usual

Posted by: J | April 26, 2006 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Y'all are all taking this way too seriously. Its one person's take on one side of a story. Get your own blog and tell the other side. Sheesh.

Posted by: CapHillGrrl | April 26, 2006 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"So, it's not surprising that, if Denise Richards had never been with someone with such an array of addictive or repulsive (to her) behaviors, she would not have known to look for signs of those behaviors."

Bullcrap. According to you, Denise Richards was the living embodiment of the three monkeys. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. She doesn't have girlfriends? She doesn't know how to read? She doesn't have the URL for The Smoking Gun? Did she even speak to his parents (the in-laws)?

"These guys are the best liars, too. So I'm sure anytime she had a question, he had a really good response."

These guys are only good liars because the women want to hear their lies.

Posted by: Jack Sprat | April 26, 2006 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Wow. So angry little men on this forum, typing away with their clenched little fists. An awful lot of defensiveness about Charlie's excesses (no, sorry, p*rn is not de rigeur these days, people may joke about it but "Everyman" isn't looking at it if he's married--and if he is, they've got problems). I've always liked CS and his work, and he seems like a cool guy but blaming *her* for his history is pretty misogynistic. He is responsible for his actions and not trying to cure his addictions, and there is an established model of addictive behavior which includes lying, manipulation, etc. Best of luck to them both, and I hope for their children's sake they can resolve this peaceably.

Posted by: NYC | April 28, 2006 10:10 AM | Report abuse

your a ho!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 5, 2006 12:09 PM | Report abuse

lick my 12" peanus

Posted by: ????? | May 5, 2006 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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