Charlie Sheen has blasted his estranged wife Brooke Mueller for making up "colourful" lies after she accused the actor of threatening to kill her in a heated phone call on Sunday (27Feb11).
Mueller's lawyer obtained an emergency restraining order against Sheen on Tuesday (01Mar11), hours after the real estate worker was refused physical custody of the couple's twin sons in an ongoing custody battle.
In her legal papers, Mueller admitted she feared for her safety and that of her two kids after claiming the troubled star had made threats against her life during a heated weekend phone argument, when Sheen allegedly raged, "I will cut your head off, put it in a box and send it to your mom!"
But the Platoon actor has hit out at the accusations in a new TV interview, which he shot on street outside his Sherman Oaks, California home early on Wednesday morning (02Mar11).
Appearing alongside his lawyer, a calm Sheen told Today Show reporter Jeff Rosen he had not made threat, stating, "It's colourful... That's a good one I guess. If you spend enough time around me you can formulate things and make it sound like it could have come from my mouth..."
Sheen was forced to temporarily give up his 23-month-old sons, Bob and Max, to police on Tuesday night, when officers paid a visit to his Beverly Hills mansion, and he told Rosen he has no idea where his kids were taken.
He insisted he is not "panicking" and is eager to settle the custody dispute because his boys are better off living with him and his two live-in girlfriends: "There's more love, compassion, support, childcare... in this lovely home."
And Sheen has issued a plea to his ex, urging her to get in touch so they can work out their latest problems amicably.
Speaking directly into the camera, he said: "Brooke, I'm sorry you felt this had to be done in this way, but this does not display any responsible parenting... and I think that cooler and smarter, leveller heads can prevail, and I urge you to reach out to me immediately, if not sooner, and tell me where our sons are."
Sheen's marriage to Mueller began unravelling after a Christmas Day bust-up in 2009, which landed the Two and a Half Men star behind bars and eventually led to an assault charge. They are currently in the midst of divorce proceedings.