Denise Richards & Brooke Mueller: Why Did They Stay Quiet Despite Charlie Sheen's Abuse?

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By now, you've probably heard that Charlie Sheen is HIV positive.

Millions were shocked by the bad boy actor's announcement earlier this week, including several women who say they unknowingly put themselves at risk by having unprotected sex with Sheen.

Charlie Sheen on Today Show

Former Sheen "goddesses" Natalie Kenly and Bree Olson say they were never told that Sheen had HIV, even though they were both in long term relationships with him after he received his diagnosis.

Porn star Lisa Ann blasted Sheen as a "criminal," claiming that he endangered dozens of sex workers by not informing them of the risk they were undertaking by sleeping with him. 

Two women who were not surprised by the announcement, however, were Sheen's second and third wives, Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller.

According to Radar Online, Sheen "used threats and insults" to keep Richards and Mueller quiet, and it may be a testament to how badly he frightened them that they never betrayed his confidence no matter how much public abuse he heaped upon them.

Sheen's tirades against the mothers of his children are too numerous to reprint here, but you probably remember some of the recent lowlights.

Back in June, he called Richards an "evil terrorist" and a "a heretic washed up piglet Shame pile" (whatever the hell that means).

Prior to that, Sheen was involved in an ugly custody battle with Mueller, during which he slammed her as a "chubby weirdo who will lose at every turn trying to get between me and my boys."

Thankfully, both women and their children have tested negative for HIV, but the fact that they respected Sheen's wish for privacy despite his frequent verbal abuse seems to be an indication of how much power the temperamental actor holds over the women in his life.

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