Denise Richards sat down with Oprah Winfrey to talk about her ex-husband, Charlie Sheen, and their daughters, Sam, who’s five, and Lola, who’s four. Denise told Oprah that Charlie called her from jail on Christmas because he didn’t want the day to go by without talking to his daughters.
“It’s sad. It’s a sad situation. … Their dad was in jail on Christmas,” Richards says.
She also said the girls learned that Charlie was in jail from another child in their kindergarten class. One of Sam’s classmates told Sam she’d heard her father was in jail and wondered if he was still there, according to People. Ouch.
Denise also told Oprah that she considered her relationship with Charlie abusive, saying he was verbally abusive and that he pushed and shoved her but did not hit her (which is why she sought an order of protection).
“…Charlie has a very sharp tongue. … He played on my insecurities.”
Denise said she and Charlie are now “in a good place,” thanks to their work with a mediator.
Although I think Denise’s timing is rather awkward (it just feels a little like she’s taking the opportunity to get some publicity for herself), I don’t doubt her truthfulness.
Charlie seems like a guy who has a lot of issues to work through. Hopefully he’ll do that, for the sake of his children, if no one else.
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