Sheen charged with assaulting wife; they hug in court

Mon Feb 8, 2010 6:26pm EST
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By Ellen Miller

ASPEN, Colo (Reuters) - Actor Charlie Sheen was charged on Monday with assaulting and threatening his wife Brooke Mueller in a heated Christmas Day argument.

But the couple left the court in the Colorado ski resort of Aspen hugging each other, hoping the charges will be dropped, and apparently planning to reconcile.

Sheen, 44, was arrested in the ski resort of Aspen, Colorado on December 25 after Mueller called police and told them he pulled a knife on her during an argument and threatened to have her killed. Sheen spent the day behind bars before being released on bail.

Sheen and Mueller, the actor's third wife, married in 2008 and have infant twin sons.

The star of the CBS hit comedy "Two and a Half Men," was charged with felony menacing, misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief. The menacing charge entails the alleged use of a deadly weapon in a threatening manner.

Sheen could face up to three years behind bars if convicted. He did not enter a plea and another hearing was set for March 15.

Judge James Boyd lifted a "no contact" portion of a restraining order that had barred Sheen from speaking to Mueller or having contact with her. Lawyers for both sides wanted the order lifted.

Mueller, 32, told police in December that Sheen held a knife to her throat and threatened to have her killed when she said she would divorce him and take their children.   Continued...

<p>U.S. actor Charlie Sheen is pictured in this handout photo released by the Aspen Police Department on December 25, 2009. Sheen, 44, was arrested on Friday for second degree assault, menacing and criminal mischief, according to Aspen Police Department's Community Relations Specialist Stephanie Dasaro. REUTERS/Aspen Police Department/Handout</p>