Anyone who did a post-turkey Twitter check on Christmas day (and really, who didn't?) heard the news that actor Charlie Sheen had been arrested for allegations of domestic violence. We've heard the 911 call from his wife, Brooke Mueller, and the reports that the couple was drinking all night. We heard about the knife. A scandal like would ruin the career of plenty of celebs. Tiger Woods is practically hemorrhaging endorsement deals.
But the public seems to forgive Sheen, no matter how many times he screws up. He's dated porn stars, slept with prostitutes, been in and out of rehab and been accused of domestic violence and porn addiction. And still, people watch his shows, buy tickets to his film and leave comments about how much they love him under stories about his arrests. So, will the most recent Sheen scandal ruin the 'Two and a Half Men' star's career? Probably not. At least, not if you look at the way things have gone for him in the past.
In 1995, he admitted to using Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss' call girl service 27 times. He was sued by a woman who alleged that Sheen struck her in the head for refusing to have sex with him. He also admitted in videotaped testimony at the 1995 federal trial of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss that he ordered her call girls at least 27 times, running up a tab of more than $50,000. In 1996, he shows up on the hit show 'Friends'.
On May 22, 1998, Sheen was admitted to a Los Angeles hospital after consuming excessive amounts of drugs and alcohol, prompting his father Martin Sheen to make a public statement about his health. In 2000, he was cast as the new lead on 'Spin City,' winning a Golden Globe for his performance.
In 2005, his pregnant wife Denise Richards filed for divorce, alleging that Sheen was violent and addicted to gambling, prostitutes and porn. 'Two and a Half Men' continues to rise in the ratings. And they remain strong, even after his controversial statements about the 9/11 attacks this past September.
So, why do people continue to forgive Charlie Sheen? Our guess is, the public is willing to forgive stars who make fun of themselves. Hey, we forgave Hugh Grant his prostitute scandal after his appearance with Jay Leno and Rob Lowe's jokes about his sex tapes certainly didn't hurt his career. (Tiger, are you listening?) Sheen continues to make jokes about his past. He's playing a fictionalized version of himself right now. And as of yesterday, he was back at work on 'Two and a Half Men,' which, despite the scandal, blew away the competition with stellar ratings this past Monday.
But will allegedly pulling a knife on the mother of his children be the last straw? Domestic violence is no joke, and whether or not Sheen is charged, he'd do well to use this as an opportunity to start a discussion about domestic violence and addiction.
I had honestly forgotten about all this shit he's gotten away with, kind of crazy to see it all lined up like that. Lilo clearly needs a better publicist..