Charlie Sheen case delayed again

Fri Jul 9, 2010 5:57pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Charlie Sheen's attempt to resolve charges of assaulting his wife ahead of taping for a new season of hit television comedy "Two and a Half Men" was dealt a setback on Friday when his planned court date was delayed three weeks.

Officials in Aspen, Colorado said a planned July 12 hearing had been re-scheduled for August 2 at the request of Sheen's lawyers to allow more time for both sides to negotiate a plea bargain.

Sheen's lawyers have been trying since June to nail down a deal under which the actor would serve 30 days in jail if he pleads guilty to an assault charge that includes allegations he pulled a knife on his wife Brooke Mueller on Christmas Day and threatened to have her killed.

He had hoped to serve his sentence in the ski resort town and be released in time to start shooting in early August for the new season of CBS's "Two and a Half Men" -- the most-watched comedy on U.S. television.

CBS declined to comment on Friday. The network negotiated a new contract with Sheen in May that made him the highest-paid actor on U.S. television with a reported salary of $1.8 million per episode.

The plea deal hit a hurdle in early June over details of a work release scheme that would have seen Sheen, 44, coach actors at Theater Aspen by day and return to jail by night.

Sheen is currently free on bail.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Bob Tourtellotte)

 
<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>