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Actor Sheen denies abusing wife
Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards, in November 2003
Denise Richards filed for divorce from Sheen in December 2005
Actor Charlie Sheen has denied that he abused and threatened to kill estranged wife Denise Richards, accusing her of waging a "transparent smear campaign".

His comments followed the issuing of a restraining order forbidding the actor to go within 300ft (90m) of Richards and their two daughters.

Sheen said the abuse allegations were "a heinous document of fiction" meant to "torpedo" and "discredit" him.

It was, he said, "clearly a departure from sound, sane co-parenting".

In an interview to be broadcast on Monday on US TV's Entertainment Tonight programme, the 40-year-old said he wanted to "move forward... and focus on my children".

'Threatening manner'

He claimed his ex-wife's charges against him were "a reaction to a failed marriage" and were intended to "undermine my perception as a responsible father".

Sheen, best known for his roles in the films Platoon and Wall Street, met Richards while filming in 2000.

The couple wed in 2002 and have two children, Sam and Lola. The relationship collapsed in March 2005, shortly before Lola's birth.

In a written declaration filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court, Richards claimed she could "no longer accept (Sheen's) abusive and threatening manner".

The actor has been granted the right to see his two daughters under supervision one day a week.

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