By Anthony McCartney, AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES – Former “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen went before a Los Angeles judge Tuesday seeking custody of his twin sons with estranged wife Brooke Mueller, who also attended the closed hearing.
Sheen and Mueller finalized their divorce months ago, but it does not become official until May 2. She has reportedly checked back into rehab in recent days.
The former couple have sparred in recent months, with Mueller accusing Sheen of threatening her with a pen knife.
The couple reached an agreement and Mueller dropped her request for a restraining order.
Sheen is in the midst of a multicity tour titled “My Violent Torpedo of Truth — Defeat is Not an Option” and is scheduled to perform Tuesday night in Washington, DC.
In Santa Monica, Sheen’s attorneys are arguing his $100 million lawsuit over his firing from “Men” should be heard in the public courts system rather than through private arbitration as his former employer, Warner Bros. Television, wants.
Sheen’s attorneys argue an arbitration clause in his contract is unenforceable and the case should be decided by a jury if it proceeds that far.
Warner Bros. denies Sheen’s claims and in court filings stated that the actor’s contract calls for disputes to be decided by binding arbitration.
Sheen filed his lawsuit March 10, days after he was fired from television’s top-rated comedy. He is also suing “Men” Executive Producer Chuck Lorre, who also wants the case handled by arbitration. Warner fired Sheen after a series of bizarre behavior during interviews and after he vehemently criticized Lorre.
Sheen has said during his stage show that he would return to the show, which reportedly paid him $1.8 million an episode, but Warner has denied there have been discussions for Sheen’s re-hiring.
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