Charlie Sheen 'to accept deal for 30 days in jail by pleading guilty to assault on wife'
By Paul Thompson
Last updated at 4:35 PM on 1st June 2010
The Two And A Half Men star has accepted a plea deal that will put him behind bars for a month, according to sources involved with his case. By agreeing to a lesser offence rather than the more serious charges of third degree assault and felony menacing he received a reduced sentence of just 30 days.
Sheen,44, is due in court on June 7 following his arrest on Christmas Day in Aspen, Colorado.
He faced a series of serious charges after his wife Brooke Mueller claimed he had held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. The couple have since split and Mueller, who later tried to withdraw the charges, was treated at a rehab clinic for a crack cocaine addiction.
Sheen, the highest paid actor on US TV, spent most of Christmas Day in jail after the arrest on domestic violence charges. The assault took place after Sheen and his wife had been drinking at their rented home in the up market ski resort. Despite Mueller's plea to drop the assault charges prosecutors pressed ahead with the case.
Lawyers for Sheen have been meeting with prosecutors in Colorado to thrash out a plea deal that would spare the actor from a lengthy sentence. They have been anxious to get a reduced sentence so that Sheen will be able to film a new series of Two And A Half Men in August.
Sheen is paid £1.5million an episode making him the highest paid actor on US TV ahead of Huge Laurie in House and Kiefer Sutherland in 24.
'Charlie intends to go to court on June 7 to plead to a misdemeanour and immediately begin serving his 30 days in jail,' a source told People magazine in the US.