Actor Charlie Sheen is already without a role in "Two and a Half Men" -- at least for the current season. But his role as a father is also in question, as a contentious divorce has turned into a major custody fight.
CBS News Correspondent Bill Whitaker reported on "The Early Show" Thursday that a contrite-sounding Sheen used the media on Wednesday to blow kisses to his toddler sons.
Just hours earlier, police had removed the twins from his home. They were acting on a court order issued after his estranged-wife, Brooke Mueller, said she feared for her life. Mueller filed legal papers saying Sheen threatened her with physical violence and stated, "I am in great fear for the children's safety while in his care."
Psychologist David Swanson told CBS News, "I am concerned for those kids. I think they are in a deep degree of distress."
Over the past few days, Sheen has invited the cameras in to see 23-month old twins, Max and Bob, playing with Sheen, and the two girlfriends he calls his "goddesses," a model and a porn star.
Swanson said, "Taking a camera into your house, and bringing all this excitement, agitation, attention, craziness goes against everything that would be healthy for your kids."
And when the police showed up, cameras were once again rolling. Sheen played the calming dad, saying, "Don't say 'goodbye,' just 'see you later."'
And as the twins were buckled in and driven off to their mom, Sheen hardly missed a beat, returning to the rants of recent days.
Sheen told Radaronline.com, "Tiger's blood now drips from my fangs."
Sheen and his estranged wife have been in and out of rehab. Now, as their divorce and custody battles heat up, they're in and out of court.
A temporary restraining order prevents him from getting within 100-yards of his twin boys for the next 19 days. But on Wednesday, he fired off on Twitter, "My sons' are fine...My path is now clear... Defeat is not an option..!"
Sheen vows to regain custody of his sons.
But will he?
On "The Early Show," celebrity divorce attorney Raoul Felder said, "Well, he could take a trip and come back and say, 'Gee, I'm a different person.' More seriously, if you go to rehab, (it) has to be serious and let time go by. But for the foreseeable future, he's not going to get the kids. The question is, will he have supervised visitation or no visitation at all?"
Felder called Sheen the gift that keeps on giving for Mueller's attorneys.
"They're celebrating," he said. "They have nothing to do but sit and wait."
He added, "In America, we believe in second acts. Nixon, Clinton, Frank Sinatra, but this guy's going to have to go a country mile before his second act takes place. Not to mention this household situation. He's living with two women. They alternate beds with him. Every other night. Actually, I have an idea for him. He should have two at once, so he could take a night off by himself."
Co-anchor Chris Wragge asked Felder, "If this is all presented to a judge, how are they going to look at these tapes, all of these quotes, the home situation, how does that all factor in?"
Felder said, "Well, I mean, he lost his case on TV. It's one of the few times that ever happens. If I were representing him, I'd put him on the stand and just keep showing these things. He doesn't deny the drugs. Doesn't deny the alcohol. And he himself is exhibit A when you look at him."
Wragge noted that, in her request for a restraining order against Sheen, Mueller claimed one threat he made was to "cut your head off, stuff it in a box and send it to your parents."
Sheen denies this.
But, according to Felder, the situation isn't as rosy as it may seem for Mueller.
He said, "She's not without problems. There were alcohol situations. But (comparing) the two of them, one has a hand grenade, the other has an atom bomb. If I were her lawyers, I would tell her to sit back and wait and everything is going to come to you."
The judge, Felder said, won't want to take the children from both parents.
"So they'll give her every break," he said. "But -- and she looks like she's got her act together right now -- time can only tell with this case. It's going to go on and on and on."