LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Sheen had a busy day in court Tuesday, as the sacked sitcom star's lawyers tried to quash legal moves by his former studio bosses and struggled to wrest custody of his toddler twins from his estranged wife.
The former star of TV's top comedy "Two and a Half Men," Sheen has sued Warner Bros. for $100 million, accusing the studio of wrongly firing him this year after months of erratic behavior and reported drug abuse.
The show halted production and it is unclear whether it will return next season.
On Tuesday, the two sides met in a Santa Monica courthouse, where Sheen's attorney, Martin Singer, battered away at Warners' bid to send the case to arbitration.
Sheen prefers a court trial, although many legal experts consider it unlikely that Los Angeles County Superior Judge Allan Goodman will honor that request.
In another Los Angeles courtroom, Sheen asked a judge for full custody of the sons he had with his now- estranged wife, Brooke Mueller.
Sheen, who had been sharing custody with Mueller under an earlier agreement, acted after news reports last week suggested that she had relapsed into drug abuse.
The court ejected members of the news media after allegations surfaced that the toddlers had been abused, according to the website TMZ.
Sheen ultimately failed in his bid to alter the custody agreement, with the judge ordering the pair to con- tinue their joint arrange- ment.
By then Sheen had been whisked away, reportedly for a concert gig in Washington.