Charlie Sheen charged with felony in alleged assault on wife in Aspen [Updated]
Actor Charlie Sheen was charged Monday with felony menacing, third-degree assault and criminal mischief stemming from a Christmas Day incident in which he allegedly held a knife to his wife's throat in their rented Aspen home.
Colorado 9th District Court Judge James B. Boyd allowed Sheen to return to Los Angeles with his wife, Brooke Mueller, and modified a protective order that had prohibited Sheen and Mueller from seeing each other.
Sheen is scheduled to return to court March 15. He and Mueller embraced after the hearing in Aspen and left the courthouse in separate vehicles.
The “Two and a Half Men” star was arrested Dec. 25 in Aspen after Mueller called police, saying she feared for her life. Sheen and Mueller had been arguing early that morning when she said she wanted a divorce, according to an affidavit.
Mueller, 32, told police that Sheen, 44, had pinned her to the bed, gripped her neck with one hand and held a knife to her throat with the other as he straddled her.
After Sheen was arrested, Boyd had ordered Sheen not to come into contact with his wife or possess or consume alcohol or other controlled substances. He was released that night from Pitkin County Jail on $8,500 bail.
Sheen requested and was allowed to visit Mueller in a Sherman Oaks hospital in late January after she suffered complications from oral surgery.
Sheen and Mueller married in May 2008, and Mueller gave birth to twin boys in March 2009.
Sheen previously pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of battery with serious bodily injury after a 1996 incident in which he was accused of knocking then-girlfriend Brittany Ashland to the ground.
The company that makes Hanes underwear, Hanesbrands, said in January that it had dropped Sheen from its advertising campaign because of the domestic violence-related charges against the actor.
Last Friday, burglars stole Sheen’s Mercedes-Benz after he left his garage door open with the keys in the car, which ended up crashed and abandoned in a ravine off Mulholland Drive.
Police have yet to find the burglars, who also stole items from other homes in Sheen’s gated community in Sherman Oaks.
-- Amina Khan
[Correction: An earlier version of this headline incorrectly said that Sheen had been charged with three felony counts. He was actually charged with one felony count and two misdemeanor counts.]
Photo: Charlie Sheen, right, arrives at the Pitkin County Courthouse in Aspen, Colo. Credit: David Zalubowski / Associated Press