ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) - Charlie Sheen is expected to be sentenced on Monday to 30 days in jail and perform work release duties for assaulting his wife during an alcohol-fueled Christmas Day quarrel in the Colorado ski resort.
Sheen, 44, the highest-paid TV actor for his role in the hit comedy series “Two and a Half Men,” has struck a plea bargain with Aspen prosecutors that will allow him to coach actors at a local theater during the day and return to jail at night, celebrity website TMZ has reported.
The deal involves dropping the most serious charges — that Sheen pulled a knife on his wife, Brooke Mueller, and threatened to have her killed — in return for the actor pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault.
Sheen could have faced up to three years behind bars if he had been convicted on all the original charges against him.
He is widely expected to start his jail term later on Monday. With credit for good behavior, he could be out in 17 days, according to legal sources.
Sheen and Mueller, the actor’s third wife, married in 2008 and have twin, one-year-old sons. Mueller has repeatedly said she wants the case dropped. Both Sheen and Mueller entered rehab earlier this year and attempted a reconciliation but have recently been reported to be living in separate homes.
Monday’s court hearing comes during a break in filming for the CBS show “Two and a Half Men” — the most popular comedy on U.S. television — and Sheen is expected to be out of jail when shooting for the new TV season starts later in the summer.
Sheen’s legal troubles have had little effect on his popularity. Audiences for “Two and a Half Men” proved steady after his Christmas Day arrest, and Sheen last month negotiated a new, two year contract with CBS that took his pay to a reported $1.8 million per episode.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte