Charlie Sheen admits assault charge
Actor Charlie Sheen has pleaded guilty to assault in a Christmas Day argument with his wife in exchange for the withdrawal of more serious charges.
Sheen 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.
Sheen, dressed in a dark suit, shirt and purple tie, entered the Pitkin County Courthouse after waving and blowing kisses to the crowd outside, and flashing a peace sign.
Brooke Mueller Sheen had told police that the actor threatened to kill her after she told him she wanted a divorce. She said he straddled her on a bed with one hand on her neck and the other hand holding a knife.
Charlie Sheen told police he and his wife had argued but denied threatening her. He told officers they slapped each other on the arms and that he had snapped two pairs of her eyeglasses in front of her, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Sheen told police he was upset by the divorce threat. 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 Mueller Sheen 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.