Denise Richards

Denise Richards told Oprah Winfrey that ex-husband Charlie Sheen was verbally abusive to her during their marriage.

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"There were times during the marriage where there was a lot of verbal abuse. He never hit me," Richards told Winfrey on Tuesday's Oprah Winfrey Show. "It was a lot of verbal arguments [that] got extremely heated [and] that scared me. ... I think that Charlie has a very sharp tongue."

Though Richards claimed Sheen never physically abused her, she did, however, tell Winfrey that Sheen pushed her.

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Richards said that dealing with the public scrutiny during their contentious divorce was very difficult. "There were times where, especially when I filed the restraining order, I was humiliated. I was embarrassed," she said. "Of course when things are so public and being called all these things, it was very, very difficult. I hit rock-bottom during all of this."

Richards' children — Sam, 5, and Lola, 4 — gave her the courage to move forward. "I did not want this life for them," she said.

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Richards, who said that she and her ex-husband are in a "great place now," called the situation between Sheen and his current wife, Brooke Mueller, "very sad." "They have two little baby boys. Their dad was, you know, in jail on Christmas," she said. "On the other hand, I think perhaps people can understand what I was going through a little bit."