Charlie Sheen was allegedly attacked in his Malibu home on Thursday by a neighbor, who has since been arrested. Sheen was not seriously injured in the incident, but it raises questions about his safety and security going forward.
Background on Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen, 57, is an American film and television actor best known for his leading roles in hit movies like “Platoon” and “Wall Street” in the 1980s, as well as the popular sitcom “Two and a Half Men” from 2003-2011.
Sheen has made headlines over the years for his struggles with substance abuse and scandalous personal life. He revealed he was HIV positive in 2015. More recently, he has kept a lower profile, though he still acts occasionally.
Sheen resides in a gated community in Malibu, California. He has five children from various relationships.
Details on the Alleged Attack
On December 22nd, a woman identified as Electra Schrock, 43, allegedly broke into Sheen’s Malibu home and assaulted him.
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies, Schrock entered Sheen’s house around 11 PM armed with a knife. She proceeded to strangle Sheen and cut his face with the knife before he managed to remove the weapon from her possession.
Sheen sustained minor injuries from the attack, including slicing wounds on his face and redness around his neck. He did not require hospital transport.
Deputies arrested Schrock at the scene and charged her with assault with a deadly weapon and battery with serious bodily injury. She is being held on $50,000 bail.
Authorities have not speculated on a motive for the attack at this time. Schrock and Sheen are reported to be neighbors, but further details on their relationship or history are unknown.
Sheen’s Response to the Incident
In a statement to Fox News the day after the attack, Sheen said:
“The details of the event are still fuzzy, but there were definitely no wedding bells in the air. Perhaps a boundary or two may have been trespassed, but family friends and police attribute it more to mental illness and orders of protection were both filed and granted.”
This suggests that while shaken, Sheen is downplaying the severity of the assault and attributing it to Schrock’s mental health issues rather than hostility between them.
Sheen also told Fox News he is still planning for a “calm and comfortable” Christmas celebration with his family despite the incident.
|“The details of the event are still fuzzy, but there were definitely no wedding bells in the air. Perhaps a boundary or two may have been trespassed, but family friends and police attribute it more to mental illness and orders of protection were both filed and granted.”
|[He is still planning for a] “calm and comfortable” Christmas celebration with his family despite the incident.
History Between Sheen and Schrock
While details are scarce, some reports indicate there was a history of disputes between Sheen and Schrock prior to the alleged attack.
TMZ reported the two had been butting heads for months over Schrock’s dogs. Apparently she would let her pit bulls loose to run around near Sheen’s property, leading to arguments between the two.
If true, this could have been the spark that caused the tensions to escalate violently. However, the Sheriff’s department has not confirmed reports of previous disputes at this time.
What Happens Next
Schrock will face charges for the alleged assault in court. Based on the felony charges, she could potentially face years in prison if convicted.
In the meantime, Sheen has been granted a restraining order against his neighbor that requires her to stay 100 yards away from him at all times. This will hopefully prevent any repeat incidents.
The actor is also reportedly beefing up security at his residence in the aftermath. He may consider moving from the home where the violation occurred.
For Sheen himself, he seems to want to downplay the event and not let it disrupt his holidays. Still, being attacked in your own home by someone you know is undoubtedly traumatic.
It remains to be seen if Sheen will bring a civil case against Schrock for causing him emotional distress and medical expenses on top of the criminal charges. He could potentially sue for damages even if she is found mentally unfit to stand trial.
While all the facts aren’t yet clear, the alleged assault on Sheen is certainly an alarming event for the community. The case underscores issues of crime, mental illness, and celebrity safety. Updates will be provided as more details on the attack and Schrock’s motivations emerge.
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