Charlie Sheen has long been causing concern to the people who love him. In particular, his father Martin has recently said Sheen’s problems are like a ‘cancer’. Yet Sheen has said on television that he doesn’t need any help, isn’t ill – and is a “winner.”
Certainly, as Charlie Sheen spirals further out of control, his father’s concern becomes ever more understandable. Charlie’s recent incoherent rant on ABC (see it here) showed that not only is Sheen full of delusions of grandeur – “Everyone’s jealous of me” he claimed – but he’s also started to talk publicly about violence and hatred. It is also alleged by Brooke Mueller, the mother of his twin sons, that he has threatened to kill her.
Sheen has well-documented form already when it comes to crime and assault but lately he’s begun to unravel at increasing speed. The father of 5 children – two of whom are not yet 2 years old – Sheen was arrested for attacking Mueller just nine months after she gave birth. She has since filed for divorce. Sheen has also been fired from his lucrative job on the sitcom “Two and a Half Men”.
Speaking to ABC in late February 2011, Sheen looked sick, unkempt and pulled strange faces. He boasted of his “bitchin’ rock star life” and said he loved his lifestyle “violently” and would “defend it violently”. Then he added that he would defend it “with violent hatred.”
Several days later, his wife Brooke Mueller sought a temporary restraining order against Sheen, saying he had threatened to stab her in the eye with a penknife and had then threatened to cut off her head. Mueller alleges Sheen’s exact threat was: “I will cut your head off, put it in a box and send it to your mom.”
Reports quickly emerged that Sheen’s children had been removed from the home he’s currently sharing with porn ‘actress’ girlfriend Bree Olson and ‘nanny’ Nathalie Kenly.
Given that Sheen has publicly stated he will defend his lifestyle with “violent hatred”, it remains to be seen how that violence and hatred will play itself out and against whom.
Like Martin Sheen, Charlie’s loyal publicist Stan Rosenfield has become increasingly worried about his client – to the point where he resigned at the end of February with a dignified statement, saying simply:
“I’ve worked with Charlie Sheen for a long time and I care about him very much. However, at this time, I’m unable to work effectively as his publicist and have respectfully resigned.”
Sheen’s instant response was: “You can’t resign – so you’re fired.”
Although Rosenfield had represented Sheen faithfully for many years, he finally had to consider his own professional standing and credibility. Rosenfield, after all, represents film stars such as Robert de Niro and George Clooney.
The pity of Sheen’s condition is that his family and friends – in particular his father, Martin – have worked overtime for years to save his son from himself. Now though, with porn ‘actresses’ living at Sheen’s home, with allegations of death threats against his wife, with the actor talking openly about using “violent hatred” – and with small children in the volatile mix – it’s difficult to predict where Sheen’s behaviour is taking him and whether his family and friends can be of significant help.