Nothing says a marriage isn’t working like drug-and-booze-fueled benders with your ex-wife and a naked porn star hiding in the bathroom.
Which is why, after months of speculation and separation, Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller filed for divorce on Monday, a week after Sheen had a meltdown in NYC and one day before his latest probation is over.
In the early hours of Oct. 26, the “Two and a Half Men” star was found naked and out of it in his NYC hotel room with skin flick girl Capri Anderson huddling in the other room and Denise Richards asleep down the hall.
The couple, who married in May 2008, cited irreconcilable differences for the breakdown of the marriage, which is Sheen’s third. Sheen and Mueller, who has been publicly supportive of her estranged husband since his NYC flame-out, are seeking joint custody of their children, twin toddlers Max and Bob.
The filing comes one day before the star, widely reported as the highest paid actor on TV with a per-episode paycheck estimated at $1.8 million, is expected back on the set of his hit CBS show, "Two and a Half Men."
Sheen’s lawyer Mark Gross said he had no comment.
One revealing element in a divorce that all parties probably wish to keep as private as possible is that the date of the couple’s separation is cited as Dec. 25, 2009 – the same day Sheen was arrested in Aspen on domestic violence charges for alleging attacking Mueller with a knife and threatening her life.
On Aug. 2, after numerous staled attempts between his lawyers and the Aspen D.A. to strike a deal, Sheen plead guilty to the third-degree misdemeanor assault, which allowed him to avoid jail time and keep his hit sitcom on track. He got three months' probation, counseling and a 30-day inpatient stay in a rehab facility.
The actor was at the Plaza Hotel in New York with Richards and their two daughters when his latest near run-in with the law occurred. Despite reports that 22-year-old Anderson, whose real name is Christina Walsh, was going to go to file charges, the Plaza has not done so for the damage Sheen did to his suite. Sheen, who spent the night in a New York hospital for observation after what his representative called an bad reaction to medication, was not arrested by police.
Sheen’s probation from a Christmas Day domestic violence incident with Mueller ends on Nov. 2, but the events of last week should be no problem, since no charges were filed. “As of this time, Aspen Deputy D.A. Arnold Mordkin told TheWrap, “there is no change to Mr. Estevez’s probation.”
(Pamela Chelin contributed to this article.)