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Charlie Sheen pleads guilty to assault, avoids jail, gets rehab and anger management

08/02/2010 by Corinne Heller

Charlie Sheen pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault, avoids jail, gets rehab and anger managementCharlie Sheen pleaded guilty on Monday to a misdemeanor assault charge regarding a confrontation with his wife Brooke Mueller and was sentenced to 30 days in a rehabilitation center, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management.

Police had arrested and briefly jailed Sheen, 44, on December 25 in Aspen, Colorado after Mueller, 32, told police he had pulled a knife on her and threatened to have her killed during an argument in which she reportedly said she would divorce him and take their children.

The Associated Press said Sheen had entered his plea at a Colorado court as part of a deal that had called for the withdrawal of charges of felony menacing charge and criminal mischief, adding that the actor, dressed in a dark suit, shirt and purple tie, entered the courthouse after waving and blowing kisses to the crowd outside, and flashing a peace sign.
Sheen pleaded not guilty in March to counts of felony menacing, misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief stemming from the Christmas Day incident, after he was charged in February. Such charges could have led to a three-year jail sentence if convicted.

Yale Galanter, one of Sheen's attorneys, had two months ago said Sheen would plead guilty to misdemeanor assault in exchange for prosecutors dropping more serious charges. 

Sheen has denied using a knife during the argument with Mueller but but said he crumpled her eyeglasses and that the two slapped each other's arms, according to court records. Sheen and Mueller, his third wife, married in 2008 and their twin sons were born last March.

The two, who reportedly live apart and share custody of their two sons, have said they want to reconcile.

Sheen's sitcom, Two and a Half Men, starts shooting at the beginning of August.

In 1997, Sheen pleaded no contest to a battery charge against his girlfriend and in 2006, Denise Richards, his second wife, obtained a restraining order against him.

Sheen has 30 days to report to the Promises Treatment Center in California, which has treated celebrities such as Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, who must herself report for rehab after she was recently released from jail. The actress served 13 out of her 90-day sentence and must complete 90 days in a rehabilitation center for violating her probation in a 2007 drunken driving case.

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