Charlie Sheen's wife claims knife threat in assault

Mon Dec 28, 2009 8:45pm EST
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By Keith Coffman

DENVER (Reuters) - Charlie Sheen's wife accused the actor of threatening her with a knife in a Christmas Day emergency phone call to police that led to his arrest, a recording released on Monday revealed.

She also told police that Sheen had threatened to kill her during an argument about a possible divorce, according to a separate police report obtained by celebrity website

The star of the television sitcom "Two and a Half Men" was arrested on Friday in the ski resort of Aspen, Colorado, on suspicion of assault, menacing and criminal mischief.

Police said all three counts were "coupled with domestic violence components". Colorado prosecutors have yet to decide whether to file formal charges.

A 911-emergency call recording released by Aspen police on Monday confirmed media reports that Sheen's third wife, Brooke Mueller, 32, was the alleged victim. The couple married in May 2008.

On the tape, a distraught Mueller, her speech sounding slurred, told a police dispatcher that Sheen threatened her with a knife before family members intervened.

"Right now we have people who are separating us, but I have to file the report," she is heard saying. Asked what kind of knife Sheen had, she said, "It's like some switch blade ... he has it in his back pocket." Sheen is not heard on the tape.

Further details of the altercation emerged in an affidavit filed by the arresting officer and published by Both parties told police their quarrel escalated when Mueller said she wanted a divorce and custody of their eight-month old twin boys.   Continued...

<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>