Charlie Sheen and Denise Richards, who seemed to have reconciled, have filed legal papers asking a private arbitrator to handle their divorce.
Lawyers for the couple filed the papers Wednesday in Los Angeles, said Sheen’s publicist, Stan Rosenfield. “They asked the court to go to a private arbitrator. They want to keep it private,” he said.
Rosenfield wouldn’t comment further.
Richards’ publicist, Cheryl Maisel, also confirmed the filing but refused to elaborate.
The papers, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, requested that the case be taken out of court and assigned to retired commissioner Jill S. Robbins.
Richards filed for divorce in March after three years of marriage. The relationship appeared to dissolve in the public eye just months before the 34-year-old actress gave birth to the couple’s second child, Lola, in June. They also have an older daughter, Sam.
Before Wednesday’s filing, the couple appeared to be on the road to reconciliation. In November, the 40-year-old actor flashed his wedding ring on CBS’ “Late Late Show,” telling host Craig Ferguson “things are really good.”
Richards and Sheen met while shooting the independent film “Good Advice” in 2000 and appeared in 2003’s “Scary Movie 3.”
Sheen stars in the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” His screen credits include “Platoon,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and the “Hot Shots!” movies.
Richards, a former Bond girl, also appeared in “Wild Things” and “Starship Troopers.”