December 30, 2009

Charlie Sheen's wife says he threatened to have her killed

Posted: 02:12 PM ET

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By Jo Piazza, Special to CNN

(CNN) - Charlie Sheen's wife Brooke Mueller claims that the actor pinned her to a bed, held a knife to her throat and threatened to have her killed, according to her statement to Aspen County police.

"I have ex-police I can hire who know how to get the job done, and they won't leave any trace," Mueller alleges Sheen said to her as he held her down with a knife, according to an affidavit released by the Aspen Police Department.

After the incident that led to Sheen's Christmas Day arrest, Mueller told police she had told Sheen she wanted a divorce and would get custody of their two children. Mueller said he became enraged, straddling her, grabbing her by the neck and held a knife to her throat, threatening to kill her. The report notes red marks on Mueller's neck.

In his statement to police Officer Rick Magnuson, Sheen, identified in police documents by his birth name, Carlos Irwin Estevez, denies threatening Mueller with a knife or strangling her. He said he and Mueller had been having marital problems lately and that his wife had a problem with alcohol.

Sheen told police that the argument with his wife began at 3:30 am on Christmas morning and was instigated after Mueller became upset about a song that Sheen sang with his daughter from his second marriage to actress Denise Richards. Sheen said Mueller is jealous of his relationship with his daughter.

The actor claims that Mueller threatened to divorce him. He said he was upset by these threats because of his previous history.

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Judie   December 30th, 2009 2:51 pm ET

Oh my this does not look good.Please don't let a OJ thing happen here.
Charlie I pray you get the help you need.

jane austin   December 30th, 2009 3:52 pm ET

What a tragic story. My heart to the victims – the children of this couple. They will bear scars of these memories for the rest of their lives, and it will affect every relationship they have.

If these allegations are flying back and forth, an immediate order of restraint should be issued, and I don't know what to do with the kids. There doesn't seem to be a 'right thing.'

Ann Brand   December 30th, 2009 7:47 pm ET

Some people are best to stay clear of relationships,it seems to me that Charlie Sheen is one of these people. When the other partner drives you to such distraction then it is time to leave. Bad behaviour among these people in the limelight is now a regular thing, let us see if he get the same treatment as the youngman who assualted Rhiana

Maddy   December 30th, 2009 8:25 pm ET

I ran a domestic violence shelter for 3 years and taught women and counselors about d.v. – this blaming the victim is soooo much a part of the cycle that it is as though Charlie read the manual! It is such a waste of talent and priviledge. He is in a position to do so much good and yet throws it all away and cripples his families in the process. I love his show but he needs to be fired, there have to be serious consequences by the larger community to make it end.

rick   December 30th, 2009 10:54 pm ET


ckelly   December 30th, 2009 11:00 pm ET


With Chris Brown-he was (rightfully so raked) through the coals!!

With Tiger woods Fiasco-need I say more?? At least Tiger wasn't threatening his wife's life.

Why is this OK?? This is not an average-family dispute.

Who cares if Brooke abuses alcohol? What does that have to do with holding a knife to someone's neck and threatening to kill her if she talks??

Charlie Sheen has always given me the creeps-He was an absolute jerk to his last wife and now he's an acting like an abusive psychopath.

Kick him to the curb-protect yourself and most importantly your children!

Eleanor Bode   December 30th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

My feelings have always been that if the celebrities want their privacy in matters that put them in controversial situations, then they should not be putting themselves out there in the public looking for publicity to gain public attention to promote themselves in order to gain financially from the public. "I'm sorries" and "privacy need" comments are getting old.

B. S. Bolen   December 30th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Why are the postings on the bottom of the TV screen all referring to "Charlie Sheen's wife". You even have listed "the attorney of Charlie Sheen's wife." She has a name and an identity. She deserves to be called by her name and not referred to as simply an attachment to Charlie Sheen. FYI, her name is Brooke Mueller.

roy sahm   December 30th, 2009 11:09 pm ET

I just listened to the 911 call and then the lawyer speaking for $$$$$$$$$$$ the woman! What a pile of crap, either he is guilty of attempted murder,uttering threats and many other criminal offences or she is guilty of criminal acts!
While this scum called a lawyer makes $$$$ hr to profit here could he explain how these two with a no contact order are now talking? The way he spoke of the two children as pawns is pathetic and reflected in the 911 call.

rick   December 30th, 2009 11:32 pm ET


Mack   December 30th, 2009 11:38 pm ET

i watched Larry King this evening with such amusement while "good ole boy Charlie" has been arrested for domestic violence once again holding a knife to his wife and telling her he would kill her if she told.
All the while the story was being told on Larry King there were the loveliest photos of Charlie and his wife looking like the "Cleavers"
There you go again the "straights " protecting the SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE while Gays cannot have a llicence to LOVE
G I V E M E A B R E A K !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

marv-d   December 30th, 2009 11:57 pm ET

did he really do that?? allegedly. is she telling the truth,maybe...maybe not!! so why are all you 'saints' judging him? tiger woods messed up...but his marital problems doesnt make him as bad as he is being potrayed by the american media...the general american media and public are way too judgmental.

Josie   December 31st, 2009 2:00 am ET

I think Charlie Sheen should spend sometime behind bars!! Brooke's attorney Yale G asks for the public to give them privacy- WHY?? So Charlie Sheen can continue his violence in private. It is very disgusting of what this man, actor or not, has done towards women. Brooke needs to get a clue and maybe listen to his former wife.. he will never change!! As the cliche says..charlie Sheen needs to pick on someone his own size. He repulses me!!

jackie   December 31st, 2009 7:57 am ET

Oh Gee...there goes CNN....censoring FREE SPEECH once again.

Say something about getting Larry King off the air and into the retirement home and there they go....removing your post!!

CNN is so at the bottom of the scum pond now. Larry King can't interview his way out of a paper bag and is just another PR mouth piece for the next OJ lawyer.

Oh, that's right...he already IS OJ's lawyer.
Charlie Sheen is the next OJ.

Yes folks. My comment was not "awaiting moderation". It actually was posted when the moderator was out getting Larry some Fixodent so his serpentine, gross tongue can take a break from slithering in and out of his mouth while he shoves the dents back in between PR spin doctor questions to his "guests".
Then, they went back in and DELETED my comment.

No vulgarity. No profanity. Just an American Citizen making a comment that in this country, we call FREE SPEECH, which, of course, CNN likes to censor.

That is NOT journalism when you have a show that just allows PR Hacks to put grotesque spins on serious issues like WIFE BEATINGS....and then censor opposing comments.
CNN should be "Not seen and Not heard" and allow people sick of their pond scum to COMMENT FREELY!! So, I try again!

Joan Isenberg, M.H.S.   December 31st, 2009 9:19 am ET

Some addiction professionals think alcoholism is a psychosis. I agree.

Karen F.   December 31st, 2009 2:16 pm ET

I was disgusted by Yale Galanter's flippent oppinion of what Charlie Sheen did to his wife. He should be encouraging his client to get away from her assailant before he actually does kill her, whether by accident or otherwise. If a stranger did the things to Brooke that her own husband did to her, that stranger would still be in jail and there would be no sympathetic feelings from anyone. I'm not surprised that Mr. Galanter defends clients like OJ Simpson. He obviously does not realize the danger that Brooke is facing in the future if she does go back to Charlie. She will pay the price for embarassing him.

Hugh Carpenter ~ Tracy, California   December 31st, 2009 5:09 pm ET

Before people lower themselves to "mob rule" this tragic event needs to be weighed before a judge and jury before you start asking for Charlie Sheen's head on a platter! Being vindictive doesn't make someone right, so let's find out the facts first, then you can ask the henchman to sharpen the blade!

ckelly   December 31st, 2009 5:29 pm ET

@Joan Isenberg
No-actually, alcohol can induce clinical states of depression, mania and psychosis in people who are prone to these conditions-the alcoholic often has a dual diagnosis.

Still, alcoholic, psychotic or not-no one has the right to hold a knife to another's neck and hold them hostage for an hour or more threatening a person's life-When Brooke made the phone call-she didn't sound psychotic, or drunk for that matter.

Charlie Sheen has a history of domestic violence and disrespect towards women.

I am sorry, I have zero tolerance for violence against women. Especially, violence involving a weapon.

Tiger Woods had multiple affairs-and the media and the world was "outraged"?? Why are we not outraged now? The most common cause of death for a woman between 18 and 30 is murder-usually by her husband or boyfriend.

-Charlie Sheen threatened his wife with a knife-He held her with a knife for over an hour, according to the 911 tape. The fact that she wants to go back with him-sounds like a domestic violence relationship or "battered wife" syndrome to me.

TM   December 31st, 2009 8:32 pm ET

it's not "Battered Wife"'s "$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$" syndrome....
still a sickness!!

Avery   January 1st, 2010 1:10 pm ET

The difference between Chris Brown-Tiger Woods and Charlie Sheen is Chris Brown presented himself as a loving boyfriend (with his fake smile) singing cheery songs about loving girls ect. and Tiger Woods presented himself as a squeeky clean family man. Charlie Sheen on the other hand has been a troubled bad boy since the day he entered Hollywood. People just don't like phonies and hypocrites. The public like to know what thier getting instead of being dupped into being a fan. Presenting yourself one way and being totally different is just shady. And people don't like shady. Though I'm not a fan of Charlie Sheen and don't not watch his show or support anything connected to his name I was not surprised at all when hearing about his marriage woe's with his history. The Tiger Woods and Chris Brown thing though shocked the hell out of me!

Avery   January 1st, 2010 10:44 pm ET

P.S- Nine times out of ten domestic violence is the by-product of substance abuse. If Brooke and Charlie get sober and some counselling they may be able to put this incident behind them.

Dodie   January 3rd, 2010 7:56 pm ET

@ Joan Isenberg, M.H.S

If you drink enough alcohol, you can go into a ‘black out’ ‘drug induced psychosis’, respiratory arrest, etc. CKelly is correct! Some people already have the propensity; therefore, even moderate amounts of alcohol, or drugs can promote a whole host of clinical diagnosis. Any addictions specialists must allow the individual to be sober a period of time prior to making a clear diagnosis. If they are 5150, they are usually diagnosed psychotic disorder NOS until a clear diagnosis can be made. M.H.S. .......... does that stand for mental health specialist?

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