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Brooke Mueller -- Flaunting Child Custody

3/4/2011 12:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Just hours after Brooke Mueller backed out of a custody agreement with Charlie Sheen, the actor's  estranged wife took their twin boys out to dinner last night at a place where everyone could see them.

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Brooke -- along with her twins Bob and Max -- hit up Johnny Rockets at The Grove in L.A. -- a place popular with stars and the paparazzi -- where they dined on french fries and other '50s-inspired cuisine.


As TMZ first reported, Mueller called off the custody deal yesterday because Charlie blabbed about the terms to the media.

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76.

Charlie Sheen    

Those are mine people! Be nice!

1276 days ago
77.

Kathy    

Kids being used as trophies...she is a train wreck too!

1276 days ago
78.

Ty    

this one is as crazy as he is.. crazy eyes

1276 days ago
79.

groovypet2    

THE DISPOSIBLE WOMAN ARTICLE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES. WOW I DIDNT KNOW HE HAS PLEADED OUT ON SO MANY DIFF SITUATIONS WITH WOMEN. THAT IS F-U-C-K-D UP. SO I GUESS WE R SUPOS TO B SERVANTS. WHAT AN ARTICLE. I MARRIED A D-I-C-K LIKE THAT ALSO. HE BUSTED MY EAR DRUM. AND THEN I PULLED A 9 MIL SEMI ON HIS F-U-C-K-I-N HEAD AN THAT WAS THAT. STUCK HIM IN JAIL AND SENT HIS -AZZ TO ANGER MANAGMENT. I HAVE NO RESPECT FOR A WIFE BEATER UR A F-U-C-K-I-N LOOOOOZZZEEERRRRR.

1276 days ago
80.

Davey Boy    

The tale of two crackheads. Not sure which one is worse. Do notice that the only one that's smiling is the child NOT being held by Brooke.

1276 days ago
81.

Cecilia     

Flaunting?

There is NOTHING wrong with taking her kids out to dinner.

While you are accusing her of "flaunting" - tell me, did you follow them from her house?

1276 days ago
82.

phoenix    

Harvey, that headline was unnecessary. Brooke has had problems but she admits it and is working on getting her life in order. On the other hand, Charlie is a delusional drug addict that thinks he can control his drug use.

I used to really like you but you are delusional also if you think a mother spending time with her children is bad.

1276 days ago
83.

yo    

The Disposable Woman
By ANNA HOLMES
New York Times
Published: March 3, 2011

FORTY-THREE minutes into his “special live edition” with Charlie Sheen on Monday night, Piers Morgan finally got around to asking his guest a real question. Before that, Mr. Morgan and Mr. Sheen had mostly traded chuckles and anecdotes about multiday benders, inflated network salaries and meet-ups in Aspen, Colo. But then, after three commercial breaks, Mr. Morgan inquired, “Have you ever hit a woman?”

Two minutes later, with Mr. Morgan apparently satisfied with the actor’s answer that no, women should be “hugged and caressed,” that line of questioning was over.

That Mr. Morgan didn’t press the issue of domestic violence shouldn’t have come as any surprise. CBS executives, not to mention the millions of viewers of his “family” sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” have consistently turned a blind eye toward Mr. Sheen’s history of abusing women. Part of this, of course, is about money. The actor’s F-18 of an id — to borrow a metaphor from Mr. Sheen himself — had long provided the show a steady stream of free publicity. It also helped make Mr. Sheen the highest-paid actor on television, at $1.2 million an episode.

But it’s also about apathy. Even now — after Mr. Sheen began carpet-bombing his bosses in radio rants, prompting CBS to shut down production on the show — observers still seem more entertained than outraged, tuning in to see him appear on every talk show on the planet and coming up with creative Internet memes based on his most colorful statements. And while his self-abuses are endlessly discussed, his abuse of women is barely broached.

Our inertia is not for lack of evidence. In 1990, he accidentally shot his fiancée at the time, the actress Kelly Preston, in the arm. (The engagement ended soon after.) In 1994 he was sued by a college student who alleged that he struck her in the head after she declined to have sex with him. (The case was settled out of court.) Two years later, a sex film actress, Brittany Ashland, said she had been thrown to the floor of Mr. Sheen’s Los Angeles house during a fight. (He pleaded no contest and paid a fine.)

In 2006, his wife at the time, the actress Denise Richards, filed a restraining order against him, saying Mr. Sheen had shoved and threatened to kill her. In December 2009, Mr. Sheen’s third wife, Brooke Mueller, a real-estate executive, called 911 after Mr. Sheen held a knife to her throat. (He pleaded guilty and was placed on probation.) Last October, another actress in sex films, Capri Anderson, locked herself in a Plaza Hotel bathroom after Mr. Sheen went on a rampage. (Ms. Anderson filed a criminal complaint but no arrest was made.) And on Tuesday, Ms. Mueller requested a temporary restraining order against her former husband, alleging that he had threatened to cut her head off, “put it in a box and send it to your mom.” (The order was granted, and the couple’s twin sons were quickly removed from his home.) “Lies,” Mr. Sheen told People magazine.

The privilege afforded wealthy white men like Charlie Sheen may not be a particularly new point, but it’s an important one nonetheless. Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears are endlessly derided for their extracurricular meltdowns and lack of professionalism on set; the R&B star Chris Brown was made a veritable pariah after beating up his equally, if not more, famous girlfriend, the singer Rihanna. Their careers have all suffered, and understandably so.

This hasn’t been the case with Mr. Sheen, whose behavior has been repeatedly and affectionately dismissed as the antics of a “bad boy” (see: any news article in the past 20 years), a “rock star” (see: Piers Morgan, again) and a “rebel” (see: Andrea Canning’s “20/20” interview on Tuesday). He has in essence, achieved a sort of folk-hero status; on Wednesday, his just-created Twitter account hit a million followers, setting a Guinness World Record.

But there’s something else at work here: the seeming imperfection of Mr. Sheen’s numerous accusers. The women are of a type, which is to say, highly unsympathetic. Some are sex workers — pornographic film stars and escorts — whose compliance with churlish conduct is assumed to be part of the deal. (For the record: It is not.)

Others, namely Ms. Richards and Ms. Mueller, are less-famous starlets or former “nobodies” whose relationships with Mr. Sheen have been disparaged as purely sexual and transactional. The women reside on a continuum in which injuries are assumed and insults are expected.

“Gold diggers,” “prostitutes” and “sluts” are just some of the epithets lobbed at the women Mr. Sheen has chosen to spend his time with. Andy Cohen, a senior executive at Bravo and a TV star in his own right, referred to the actor’s current companions, Natalie Kenly and Bree Olson, as “whores” on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program on Tuesday. Arianna Huffington sarcastically tweeted that Mr. Sheen’s girlfriends “symbolize modesty, loyalty and good taste.” Mr. Sheen’s own nickname for Ms. Kenly and Ms. Olson — “the goddesses” — is in its own way indicative of their perceived interchangeability and disposability.

It’s these sorts of explicit and implicit value judgments that underscore our contempt for women who are assumed to be trading on their sexuality. A woman’s active embrace of the fame monster or participation in the sex industry, we seem to say, means that she compromises her right not to be assaulted, let alone humiliated, insulted or degraded; it’s part of the deal. The promise of a modern Cinderella ending — attention, fame, the love and savings account of a rich man — is always the assumed goal.

Objectification and abuse, it follows, is not only an accepted occupational hazard for certain women, but something that men like Mr. Sheen have earned the right to indulge in. (Mr. Sheen reportedly once said that he didn’t pay prostitutes for the sex; he paid them “to leave.”) One can’t help but think that his handlers might have moved more quickly to rein in their prized sitcom stallion if his victims’ motivations weren’t assumed to be purely mercenary. (Or if they enjoyed parity and respect with regards to their age, influence and earning power.)

These assumptions — about women, about powerful men, about bad behavior — have roots that go way back but find endorsement in today’s unscripted TV culture. Indeed, it’s difficult for many to discern any difference between Mr. Sheen’s real-life, round-the-clock, recorded outbursts and the sexist narratives devised by reality television producers, in which women are routinely portrayed as backstabbing floozies, and dreadful behavior by males is explained away as a side effect of unbridled passion or too much pilsner.

As Jennifer Pozner points out in her recent book “Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty-Pleasure TV,” misogyny is embedded within the DNA of the reality genre. One of the very first millennial shows, in fact, “Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire,” was notable in that it auctioned off what producers called the “biggest prize of all”: a supposedly wealthy B-movie writer named Rick Rockwell — who was later revealed to have had a restraining order filed against him by a woman he’d threatened to kill. According to Ms. Pozner, the reaction of one of the producers of “Multimillionaire” was, “Great! More publicity!”

On reality television, gratuitous violence and explicit sexuality are not only entertainment but a means to an end. These enthusiastically do***ented humiliations are positioned as necessities in the service of some final prize or larger benefit — a marriage proposal, a modeling contract, $1 million. But they also make assault and abasement seem commonplace, acceptable behavior, tolerated by women and encouraged in men.

Which brings us back to Mr. Morgan, who, like many of Mr. Sheen’s past and present press enablers, showed little to no urgency in addressing the question of violence against women. “You’re entitled to behave however the hell you like as long as you don’t scare the horses and the children,” Mr. Morgan said at one point. Scaring women, it seems, was just fine.

During the interview, a series of images played on a continuous loop. One of them was a defiant and confident-looking Charlie Sheen, in a mug shot taken after his 2009 domestic violence arrest.

Anna Holmes is a writer and the creator of the Web site Jezebel.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/04/opinion/04holmes.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&sq=disposable&st=cse&scp=1

1276 days ago
84.

Tammy    

Well, I guess she's making the 4 hours she has them worth it seeing as she lives in rehab facitilty. She was a worthless c__u__n__t before Charlie met her and that hasn't changed.

1276 days ago
85.

Tricia    

How come in every picture of her, her eyes are huge like she's coked up or something?! I don't like Charlie but I don't like her either. Why can't the grandparents just raise those kids? Neither of them should have custody.

1276 days ago
86.

daya    

MAN....SHE LOOKS EXTREMEMLY COKED UP....

those poor kids have a crackhead mother...everyone must know that she is probably using her child support to buy her crack. i hope they take those kids from her before she sells them to support her habit.

cracky brooke....TEAM SHEEN

1276 days ago
87.

sean    

@NOF The scoreboard never lies bro..read it and weep(at the feet of your melting parents).. Brooke-2 Charlie-0

1276 days ago
88.

HarlotO'Hara    

why would you not just stay home with your kids, is it all about the attention SHAME ON YOU, your kids should come first not last. At least Charlie would keep his kids at home and not infront of a camera

Posted at 7:33 AM on Mar 4, 2011 by kp

oh yes, those pictures of him with the boys on the boat with no life jackets were taken right there in the living room i'm sure.

1276 days ago
89.

erkg    

you know if we ignored both BM and CS, they would go away

1276 days ago
90.

yo    

Two crackheads.

One in actual rehab = Brooke

One in whore-hab taking self-scheduled pee "tests" at home = Carlos.

BROOKE HAS BEEN CLEAN LONGER AND IS THE ONLY ONE IN REHAB.

Woman-beating Carlos = LOSING!

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