Paula Speert, whose maiden name was Paula Profitt, now runs an upscale children's clothing line.
Charlie Sheen and Paula Profitt dated when Sheen was in high school. Their daughter, Cassandra Estevez, was born in December 1984, but they did not marry.
In 2001, Paula (now Paula Speert), with her business partner, Paige Apar, founded Jackson Clay, an upscale line of childrens' clothing. (The article below refers to their venture as a clothing shop, but it is clear from the jacksonclay.com website that it is a clothing line sold at numerous stores.) Martin Sheen, who is Charlie's father, is an investor in the company. See http://www.babycouturemag.com/bc/blog/?p=122 for details.
Speert was recently in the news when Apar sued her for assault. The New York Daily News reported as follows:
The star of "West Wing" sat in the second row as Paula Speert, the ex-girlfriend of Sheen's son, Charlie, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Criminal Court Thursday to assaulting her business partner in a midtown hotel.
Speert is the mom of Charlie Sheen's daughter, Cassandra Estévez, 23.
"It's a surprise and a shock," Martin Sheen, 67, said. "We're here to hear the allegations."
Prosecutors said Speert, 43, of Oak Park, Calif., pummeled her business partner, Paige Snear Apar, in a brawl inside a room they shared at the Hilton Hotel on Sixth Ave.
Speert and Apar are co-owners of Jackson's Clay Inc., an upscale child's clothing shop [sic] in Southern California. Martin Sheen and his wife, Janet, are investors in the business.
"Martin was there?" Apar, 38, said Thursday when contacted by the Daily News. "Oh, that's kind."
Apar declined to discuss the charges, simply saying, "Wow, news travels fast."
Speert and Apar were in Manhattan in March attending a trade show at the Javits Center when they began fighting over "business practices," a prosecutor said.
Speert kicked Apar, hit her with a purse and smacked her in the face with a wine glass before shoving her out of the room, prosecutors said.
Apar declined to press charges at first. She later changed her mind after being treated at Roosevelt Hospital for cuts around her right eye and face.
"She [Speert] vehemently denies the charges," said Speert's lawyer, Robert Bigelow. "She fully intends to fight these charges."
Judge Marcy Kahn released her on her own recognizance.