Denise Richards is fighting back after years of silently taking Charlie Sheen’s abuse. This woman has stayed admirably quiet up for so many years. In the very few interviews Denise has done about Charlie, even after his spectacular meltdown, she’s said that she’s worked to have a good relationship with him and that she’s tried to model friendly coparenting for the sake of their daughters. She’s been nothing but classy about the entire situation, even when Charlie’s teeth were out of his mouth and hookers were talking about the enormous checks he was cutting them and all the drugs Charlie was doing, Denise kept mum. Now she’s finally leaking some details to the press and they’re heartbreaking.
Denise apparently knew for some time that Charlie had HIV. According to details from her latest legal filing (as reported by Radar), he told her about his medical condition in order to get her to move down the street from him. However Charlie’s daughters didn’t know that their dad was sick and they found out the way everyone else did – from the news.
“When the HIV news came out, Charlie never told them. It broke when they were at school and Denise [Richards] didn’t even have a heads-up about it. She had to explain that issue much earlier than she anticipated,” says our source.
Learning their dad’s HIV status in the media isn’t the only humiliation the girls have endured during their parents’ tumultuous relationship. We’re told they were rejected from several private schools in LA because of Sheen’s past erratic behavior. Sheen has gone on Twitter attacks in the past against their former school, Viewpoint.
“They applied to 10 schools and weren’t accepted to any of them. The schools were concerned after the situation with Viewpoint. They didn’t want to take the risk and have something about their school in the media or if he were to lash out at another child,” said our insider. “The rejection was hard because they feel like they did something wrong. Charlie explained to them the reason they couldn’t get in was because of him.”
Sam and Lola have since been accepted to another school via a family connection, but are back in the spotlight after Richards filed a suit against their dad last week for allegedly evicting them from their Mulholland Estates home, which he gifted them in a trust. Richards rented a $15,000-a-month home near their school and is suing Sheen for $1.2 million.
A source close to Sheen told us the lawsuit comes “from Denise wanting more money. She owns a $7 million house in Hidden Hills, but she didn’t want to drive 20 minutes to the kids’ school, so she decided to rent a place closer.”
But a Richards source points out she had the home before she married Sheen: “Her house has nothing to do with the trust. It’s not a part of her divorce and it isn’t part of her settlement. It doesn’t matter if she has an apartment or 10 homes. He made a trust [for their kids] and that’s what he put in it.”
Earlier this week, sources close to Charlie told Page Six that Charlie still keeps in touch with his daughters and that he still sees them, but that Denise (rightfully) insists on being there. Despite everything that Charlie has done, Denise still lets him see his kids. So Charlie keeps in touch with his girls and with Denise. He knew when he was going to go to the press with his HIV diagnosis. He had to get ahead of The National Enquirer’s reporting, but he knew it was happening and he easily could have spoken to his daughters and given them some reassurance that he was getting treatment and is doing ok. Better yet, Charlie could have told Denise so that she could gently break the news to them before it came out. Instead, he let his 11 and 10-year-old daughters find out when they were in school. He probably did it just to hurt them, that’s the kind of terrible person he is. His girls are better off without him in their lives.
It’s worth noting that Charlie did tell his 30 year-old daughter about his HIV diagnosis a few days before he went public with the news. He even discussed with the press how he broke the news with her. So he easily could have told Denise the story was coming out and/or he could have sat down with his daughters. This was deliberate.
This photo below is of Charlie and his ex wife, Brooke Mueller, with Charlie’s daughters in 2007. Brooke is currently in rehab. She’s been in rehab over 20 times. (That’s not an exaggeration.)
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