His ex-wife Denise Richards confirms she accompanied him to the New York hospital

By Sara Hammel and Elizabeth Leonard
Updated October 26, 2010 07:15 PM
Credit: Andrea Raso/LaPresse/ZUMA; BAUER-GRIFFIN

What on Earth happened to Charlie?

The one person with many of the details, Sheen’s ex, Denise Richards, doesn’t want to say too much so that she can spare their daughters Sam, 6, and Lola, 5, who were reportedly nearby when their father was taken to the hospital.

“We’re in an amazing place, we’ve been getting along great for the last year, year-and-a-half,” Richards, 39, said on The Joy Behar Show Tuesday. “We’re doing our best, so as far as that situation, I’m trying to protect the girls from it as much as possible.”

Sheen, 45, was found in a New York hotel room and hospitalized for what police sources say was intoxication and what his rep says was an allergic reaction to medication. Richards declined to reveal what she saw, but said, “I did help him at the hospital.”

Sheen spent all day there Tuesday. “Charlie Sheen has been discharged from a hospital in N.Y. and is returning to L.A. today,” his rep says. “Everything else is speculation.”

Richards told Behar that any details of the incident would have to come from Sheen himself. Richards is most concerned with what their children might hear.

“My daughters are five and six years old,” she explained. “And they’re at an age when they can start to understand, they have no idea what went on and a lot of … our stuff happened when they were much younger, which I’m so grateful for.”