Six months later — during which time Sheen was at a low ebb, injecting cocaine and struggling to find work — they divorced. In 1997, Sheen pleaded no contest to a charge of battery with serious bodily injury after his then-girlfriend, model Brittany Ashland, accused him of smashing her face on the kitchen floor.
Emerging several months later, a brief period of normality followed, during which Sheen is said to have been ‘clean’.
Women unfortunate enough to have had more intimate dealings with the star — such as his three ex-wives, model Donna Peele and actresses Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller — would surely recognise the behaviour.
Born on September 3, 1965 to actor Martin Sheen and his wife Janet, there was drama in Charlie’s life from the start.
He also, strangely, took the opportunity of a captive courtroom audience to announce his engagement to model Donna Peele, who he later called ‘an angel sent from heaven to take me through the rest of my journey’.