Troubled actor Charlie Sheen filed for divorce from his estranged wife, Brooke Mueller, in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday Afternoon.
The couple married on May 30, 2008. Sheen listed December 25, 2009, as their date of separation and the day their twin sons began living solely with him. He requested jointed legal and physical custody of their twin boys Bob and Max Sheen, who were born on March 14, 2009. He also has two daughters with his ex-wife, actress Denise Richards.
The marriage has reportedly been on the rocks since last Christmas Day, when Sheen was arrested on felony domestic violence charges after Mueller called police to their holiday home in Aspen, Colorado. According to the police report, Brooke claimed he held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.
The felony charges were reduced to a misdemeanor third-degree assault count in exchange for his guilty plea in August. The plea deal allowed his time in a Malibu rehab center to count for his 30-day jail term. Allegedly, both Brooke and Charlie suffer from substance abuse and addiction issues.
Sheen’s three-month probation is set to end today, November 2, 2010.
Citing “irreconcilable differences,” Sheen signed the divorce petition Monday morning. The divorce filing came just six days after New York City police were called to his hotel room, where he was reportedly found “emotionally disturbed” and taken to an area hospital. A representative for Sheen later said he suffered from an allergic reaction to medication.
This incident sparked tabloid speculation that Sheen’s mental and physical health was on a downward spiral, a claim his publicist Stan Rosenfield quickly shot down. Sheen’s manager Mark Burg has said “Charlie is fine and will be at work on Tuesday.”
The son of actor Martin Sheen and brother of actor Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen signed a lucrative contract last summer to continue working on the hit CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men.”