Charlie Sheen out of jail after domestic incident

Sat Dec 26, 2009 1:44pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Charlie Sheen, star of the hit sitcom "Two and a Half Men," has been released from jail in the Colorado ski resort city of Aspen after his Christmas Day arrest on domestic violence charges, police said.

Sheen, 44, was booked on felony charges of second-degree assault and menacing, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, all of which were "coupled with a domestic violence component," the Aspen Police Department said.

He was released on Friday evening after posting an $8,500 bond, and faces a court hearing on February 8. Police declined additional comment, saying a news release would be issued on Monday with any new details.

Police did not identify the person whom Sheen was accused of assaulting. But various websites have said Sheen shoved his third wife, Brooke Mueller, during a heated quarrel. TMZ reported that Mueller had been drinking heavily when she dialed 911 about 8:30 a.m. MST (10:30 a.m. EST), and subsequently recanted her allegations against Sheen.

A spokeswoman for the Aspen Police Department declined to comment on the TMZ report, as did prosecutor Arnold Mordkin, the head of the district attorney's office in Aspen.

Sheen's Los Angeles-based spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, declined comment except to say: "Don't be misled by appearances. Appearances and reality can be as different as night and day. It would benefit everyone not to jump to any conclusion."

Sheen and Mueller, 32, married in May 2008. The former actress and real estate agent gave birth to twin sons in April of this year.

Sheen is the son of actor Martin Sheen, former star of the hit TV drama "The West Wing." His brother is actor-director Emilio Estevez.

Sheen has two daughters by his second wife, actress Denise Richards. Their four-year marriage ended in 2006 in a bitter divorce that titillated the tabloids for months.

Sheen, whose film credits include "Platoon" and "Wall Street," is best known for his starring role as a wealthy, womanizing Malibu bachelor on the bawdy CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men," one of television's top-rated shows.

(Editing by Sandra Maler)

 
<p>U.S. actor Charlie Sheen is pictured in this handout photo released by the Aspen Police Department on December 25, 2009. REUTERS/Aspen Police Department/Handout</p>