Lawyers for the estranged couple appeared Friday morning in Los Angeles County Superior Court and announced that they have agreed to extend the restraining order that Richards obtained against Sheen while a psychologist conducts an evaluation to determine what custody arrangement would be in the best interests of their two daughters.
The judge issued the order last month, after Richards' lawyer filed a stinging declaration alleging that Sheen threatened her life, employed a madam and frequented pornographic websites featuring girls who looked "very young." Sheen has denied the allegations. Nevertheless, the judge ordered Sheen to stay 300 feet away from Richards and also required that his visitation with his children be monitored. The judge's order was about to expire, today's settlement extends it.
Richards filed for divorce in March 2005. In what has become a scene out of 'Melrose Place,' Richards has now been linked to Richie Sambora, the estranged husband of her neighbor- and former close friend- Heather Locklear. In an interview last week with TMZ, Richards said that nothing untoward happened between Sambora and herself -- translation: they did not hook up until after both marriages were over.
UPDATE Reps for Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen issued this statement to TMZ: "Denise and Charlie are working with the courts to privately resolve their differences regarding their children. They hope to resolve this matter outside of the public forum and will both continue to make every effort in this regard."