by Steven Ertelt
April 24, 2006
Los Angeles, CA (LifeNews.com) — In the latest Hollywood scandal, actress Denise Richards and actor Charlie Sheen are involved in a bitter divorce battle. In legal papers attorneys for Richards filed last week, she claims the longtime movie actor wanted her to have an abortion when she announced that she was pregnant with their first child.
Richards, who has appeared in such movies as The World Is Not Enough and on television’s "Melrose Place," claims Sheen asked her to "get an abortion" when he discovered she was pregnant in 2003, and became "furious" when he learned the child was a girl.
"He said he did not want to be a father," Richards said of the actor, according to a World Entertainment News Network report.
"After fighting about it for a week, I threatened to leave the marriage," Richards said in the legal papers. "The Respondent (Sheen) then said he would accept the pregnancy. The Respondent was not excited about the baby. He told me that he was not attracted to me."
"The Respondent did come with me to the ultrasound appointment where we were going to find out the sex of the baby. The doctor wrote down the sex of the baby in an envelope and we took it home," Richards explained. "The Respondent was furious that the baby was a girl."
Richards made the abortion claims in her attempt to obtain a restraining order against Sheen, and, according to WENN, indicated Sheen has threatened her safety and the safety of their children, both daughters.
Sheen, star of the hit CBS television series "Two and a Half Men," hit back in a television interview with news show Entertainment Tonight and said the abortion claim and other charges are a "willful attempt at what I describe as a radical and transparent smear campaign."
"It is a reaction to a failed marriage, a reaction to some twisted desire, real or imagined, to hurt, to punish, to discredit, to completely torpedo, to undermine my perception as a responsible father," he told the television program.
Sheen is the son of longtime actor Martin Sheen, who is known for his opposition to abortion.
In 2001, Martin Sheen was listed by Feminists for Life, a pro-woman group, as a "Remarkable Pro-Life Man," along with actor Ben Stein.
Born the seventh son of an Irish Catholic mother and a Spanish Catholic father, Martin Sheen saw three siblings come after him and later became aware that his mother’s first two children died at birth. His own birth was extremely traumatic in that neither mother nor child was expected to survive.
Despite Sheen’s pro-life views, he endorsed abortion advocate Howard Dean in the Democratic presidential primary, although primary because of liberal political issues he supports.