February 8th, 2010
07:14 PM ET

Charlie Sheen charged with assaulting his wife

More than a month after their alleged Christmas Day fracas, Charlie Sheen finally has been charged with domestic violence against his wife, Brooke Mueller.  Today in Colorado, the "Two and a Half Men" star was charged with a felony count of menacing, as well as two misdemeanors: third-degree assault and criminal mischief.  Court documents allege Sheen had a knife in the pre-dawn tussle.

Sheen wasn't required to enter a plea today, and he didn't.  He and Mueller were both in court, and even hugged and kissed before leaving the courthouse.  The restraining order has been loosened, and they can live together as the process goes forward, though restrictions in the order against firearms, alcohol, and drugs remain in force.

So now what?  Sheen's next hearing is March 15, and between now and then, it's a safe bet Sheen's attorney and the district attorney will be negotiating a plea deal.  Mueller's attorney says his client committed to getting whatever help she needs, and that Mueller hopes all of the charges will be dropped.  Stay tuned.

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  1. Rantamouth

    The rampant self-righteousness here – and at other stories like this is truly astonishing:

    Charlie and Tiger are both humans.

    Humans make continual often profound mistakes throughout life. If they're lucky they'll be able to learn from their mistakes, make the necessary improvements, and move on.

    NONE of us knows what's really going on in their lives or psyches... but it's quite certain that very few of our personal lives and personalities would stand up to such a constant and invasive public scrutiny as these guys are subjected to.

    Public popularity, celebrity, and all the machinations that drive, feed, and perpetuate it are truly paradoxical and unruly monsters that can do incredibly unpredictable and destructive things to a person's personality, ego, and sense of self and self-worth. If most people knew the absolute realities and trappings of celebrity most would certainly not willingly choose the lifestyle. Even though the financial rewards and social advantages can seem ridiculously tempting they are seldom fulfilling, sustaining, or edifying in any really meaningful character-building or self-improvement sort of way.

    Very few people from reasonably stable, happy well-adjusted backgrounds would choose to be a celebrity or aspire to any sort of stardom. Though there are those who simply have an artful compulsion to express their talent (and these usually focus on stage or plays) many people who are drawn to stardom or fame usually do so because of some tragically unfulfilled psychological or emotional need or other damaged aspect of their self-image and feelings of worth: Celebrities are usually very damaged and insecure people to begin with and it is this very aspect that drives them to be celebrities.

    At the end of the day their talents are what inspire us in the most positive ways. Their faults and flaws tend to make them burn very bright in other aspects of their lives and that usually results in our entertainment. These guys have both brought a lot of smiles and inspiration to countless legions of spectators.

    Let's hope that they are able to sort themselves out, get a grip, and find some way to live satisfying reasonably blissful domestic lives some day: A thing to which we all aspire but few will ever really get to enjoy.

    February 10, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cal

    If Elin takes back Tiger Woods, she deserves him!
    Any girl with any morals or self-esteem would show him the door!
    Tiger Woods is NOTHING but a spoiled, rich, self-absorbed, in love
    with himself cad! If Elin takes him back, it is ALL ABOUT THE $$$$!

    February 10, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. mossman

    Sorry, but Phil is only #3 in the world now. There goes the entire argument.

    February 9, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sally

    I've not had one ounce of respect for Charlie Sheen since his reputation went sour years ago. From his Heidi Fleiss days to now, he's nothing but an embarrassment to this country. I've never watched his shows or supported his films as a result of his ridiculous behavior. It's about time that other people turn off the TV and do the same.

    February 9, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MichaelGers

    aquaman...what are you talking about? you just made an attempt to publish a bunch of nonsense and tried to make yourself sound smart... tell me something, if you are 'smart' enough to tell us that Phil is ranked #2 in the world (a stat that you clearly just looked up) then why cant you spell his name? Nicholson? Were talking about the golfer, not the actor. And your rationale behind why Tiger is getting so much more publicity rather than Sheen is bogus. Its not because sex addiction is a "more severe" issue than domestic assault...

    To truly answer the question, "Why is Tiger Wood's career being destroyed, and the TV execs keep praising this guy even though he continually displays such abysmal and abhorrent behavior?" it is simple... Were talking about the # 1 golfer in the world, the highest paid athlete, a genuine American icon and role model for our children. Tiger has been looked at as the golden child since he took his first tee shot. The fact is, Charlie Sheen is a washed up actor with more money than he deserves. We expect this behavior from Charlie. Granted that doesn't make his behavior appropriate, but it comes as a shock to the entire world when Tiger does anything wrong. Tiger never laid a hand on Elin, which would be a much more despicable act than his adultery. If you ask me, Charlie Sheen deserves to have his life destroyed a thousand times over before Tiger Woods. It is sad to admit, but the people of our country are more concerned with blowing everything 'Tiger' out of proportion while scumbags like Charlie Sheen get to keep their beautiful wives and all their fame. Hopefully, Tiger will be forgiven when he wins the Masters by record breaking numbers this year.

    February 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AMR

    He's obviously got major issues – but I will never stop watching Two and a Half Men because it's funny entertainment. TV watchers like me are the reason TV execs coddle him- it's all about the money, sad but true. He may be a jerk offscreen, but that's his and his wife's problem.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. LBW

    Vic got his career back after killing dogs. Woods will get his career back after his adultery. Charlie Sheen was labeled part of the Brat Pack when he was a teen. He has always been rich and spoiled and sadly he feels he has the right to hit anyone he wants if they say or do anything he doesn't like. Hollywood is full of people like him. Accountable to no one.

    February 9, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. jason

    Same circumstances as the celebs who are pumped up on drugs and no one does anything about it and then all of Hollywood acts surprised and saddened greatly when they are found dead. Similar to this Sheen doofus, they'll wash this away with fame and money but one day he'll really hurt someone and people will say "How could this happen?"
    It happens because of the spoiled brat, coddled, sense of invincibility most of the entertainment industry has. They don't fool me with their "aren't we all great" awards shows, we're all just human – some more than others.


    February 9, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rachel

    Lets face it everyone – they're both Tiger and Charlie sick people and no matter you do and which rehab they go to, it is not GOING TO WORK......................Look at Dennis Richards she was 6 months pregnanet with her second child from Sheen when she decided to leave him- hello???? and the other one married him??? why? if you know he is a sick man, why bother??? just becuase he has money??? obviously their priorities in life is different – well then good luck with everything to all!!!!

    February 9, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. Debra R

    Sheen needs to get some serious counceling before her kills someone...why are we coddling him? He needs to be in jail.

    February 9, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  11. AJ

    JWare..Bro I can tell u right now that Tigers career is not completely destroyed. Tiger is not known for being some kind of famous marriage counselor, priest or daytime TV clinical psychologist who advises people how they should live life. He is known for playing golf and golf alone..When he gets back to the golf course and starts playing, he will be the same old Tiger Woods again. His personal problems aren't going to affect the way he plays.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Marcy

    Charlie Sheen is the one who needs to get a life!!! The man gone all psycho on us and stuff...Know he's carrying a knife around??

    February 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. aquaman1980

    JWare....it comes down to economic politics. Sheen has the number one rated comedy on CBS...which is the top network between the big three right now. The process is normally, they will wait until the final decision in court before CBS makes a decision. As for Woods, The PGA committed to allow Woods back when he is ready because Woods has taken responsibility and accountability for this actions.

    I dont think Woods's career is destroyed. Many of the PGA top guys have expressed their committed support for Woods which include Phil Nickolson who is currently number 2 ranked in the world in Golf.

    This may be hard to swallow and I dont like comparison but you may realize the since domesitc violence is so common among men in this country compared to a celebrity who admitts to sex addiction..the most severe outweighs the most common. Its wrong, and disgraceful, but its the truth.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JWare

    Why is Tiger Wood's career being destroyed, and the TV execs keep praising this guy even though he continually displays such abysmal and abhorrent behavior?

    February 8, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |

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