LOS ANGELES — When Charlie Sheen threatened and maligned his bosses over ‘‘Two and a Half Men,’’ it was business and, to some people at least, bizarrely comic. When his estranged wife alleged that she and their twin toddlers were in peril from the TV star, the saga turned ugly.
Police removed Sheen’s 23-month-old sons from his home Tuesday night after Brooke Mueller Sheen claimed that he threatened her with decapitation, adding a nasty custody battle to the actor’s bitter war with the studio and producers who shut down his hit CBS show.
Her claims followed days of sometimes manic, sometimes violence-tinged media interviews by Sheen, part of a public campaign to disprove that he is a drug-using, reckless playboy who was unable or unfit to work on this season’s final episodes of TV’s No. 1 comedy.
Sheen’s grandstanding has fascinated the public, with his Twitter account drawing close to 1 million followers a day after it was created. But Mueller Sheen said in a claim seeking a restraining order filed Tuesday that his ‘‘bizarre, disturbing and violent’’ comments made her fear for the safety of their children because Sheen ‘‘does not appear mentally stable.’’
According to Mueller Sheen’s filing, Charlie Sheen has rarely seen the boys in the past year, but took them on Saturday and refused to return them.
According to a sworn declaration filed in the case, she said her husband told her in a phone call Sunday night, ‘‘I will cut your head off, put it in a box and send it to your mom!’’ She also claimed earlier threats and physical abuse.
A court order issued Tuesday and obtained by The Associated Press requires Sheen to stay 100 yards away from Mueller Sheen and their twin sons. Sheen has two other children with former wife Denise Richards.
Police took the twins, Max and Bob, from Sheen’s Hollywood Hills home that night and returned them to their mother’s care. The boys turn 2 on March 14.
Text messages sent to Sheen Wednesday morning for comment were not returned.