Now the cops show up at Charlie Sheen's place.
Nearly two weeks after the actor boasted about his superhuman ability to take copious amounts of drugs, and a week after a judge ordered his twin sons removed from his care, Los Angeles Police Department investigators paid Sheen a visit to his Mullholland Estates home.
But not all is as dire as it seems, according to none other than Charlie Sheen...
": all good here on homefront. all reports are false. I'll explain more very soon. c," Sheen tweeted at around 8:53 p.m.
An LAPD officer then clarified to E! News: "We were there investigating a possible violation of a temporary restraining order filed on March 1."
That would be the TRO obtained by Brooke Mueller in which she claimed Sheen had threatened to cut off her head and put it in a box, among other ungentlemanly actions. The order stipulates that Sheen is not allowed to be in possession of any weapons, and that is the potential violation that officers were sent to check out.
"It came to the attention of the LAPD that Sheen is the registered owner of firearms," the LAPD said in a statement later Thursday night, and officers went to his house "to determine if he is in possession of firearms and ammunition in violation of the [restraining order]."
Sheen attorney Mark Gross told the media amassed outside Sheen's house that someone (he wouldn't say who, but he's sure it wasn't Mueller) called police to report a possible TRO violation.
During a thorough search, police found an antique gun from the 1800s and some bullets, Gross said, adding that officers found no drugs on the premises. The antique weapon is currently in the possession of the police. At no time, contrary to a rumor that swirled earlier in the night, were the cops there to determine whether Sheen should be placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold, Gross said, saying that rumors to the contrary were "frankly offensive."
"The LAPD did their job, they did it well," he added. "They were efficient. They were professional. They were courteous. [Sheen] wants to remind everyone in L.A. to be proud of the LAPD."
So, no hard feelings?
"He understands this is the price you pay for what goes on around him."
Added Sheen a little after 10 p.m.: "#fastball; the LAPD were AWESOME. Absolute pros! they can protect and serve this Warlock anytime!!! c"
Good thing, because just a few moments later, they were called upon to do just that.
As the assembled flock of media started to disperse the scene at the order of the cops (all told, about 40 paparazzi, six news strucks and a half-dozen policemen were on the premises), an unidentified man snuck back onto the property sometime around 1!:45.
Security quickly rushed to alert the LAPD, who were still on the scene, by yelling out, "Go to Charlie's!" They quickly responded and left the property with the man in custody. (It was at this time, coincidentally, that neighbor Paris Hilton returned to her home and saw some of the craziness unfold.)
Still, everything worked out for the best, with Charlie's friend assuring the still-waiting masses that, "Everyone is OK."
—Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum, Christopher Hall and Daniel Ramos
(Originally published March 10, 2011, at 8:40 p.m. PT)