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Charlie Sheen admits assault charge

Charlie Sheen has pleaded guilty to assault in a Christmas Day argument with his wife in exchange for the withdrawal of more serious charges.

The Two And A Half Men star was sentenced to 30 days in a rehabilitation centre, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management. He has 30 days to report to the Promises Treatment Centre in California.

Colorado prosecutors dropped a felony menacing charge and a criminal mischief charge in exchange for Sheen's plea on a count of misdemeanour assault. The charges stem from a Christmas Day 2009 dispute with his wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen.

Sheen had been scheduled to plead guilty at a hearing in June, but that hit a snag over terms of a proposed work release programme. His attorney, Yale Galanter, had said that a plea agreement called for Sheen to serve 30 days in jail.

The actor entered the Pitkin County Courthouse after waving and blowing kisses to the crowd outside, and flashing a peace sign.

Brooke Mueller Sheen had originally told police that the actor threatened to kill her after she told him she wanted a divorce.

Charlie Sheen told police he and his wife had argued but denied threatening her, and admitted he was upset by talk of divorce. He previously went through a bitter divorce and custody battle with his ex-wife Denise Richards.

Within a week of Sheen's arrest, he and Brooke both said they wanted to reconcile. In February, they hugged in an Aspen courtroom after a judge modified a restraining order that kept them from contacting each other.

Since the incident, both have completed alcohol rehab programmes.

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