Charlie Sheen faces short jail stint in plea deal

LOS ANGELES Tue Jun 1, 2010 9:48pm EDT

Actor Charlie Sheen smiles at the CBS summer press tour party at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, July 15, 2006. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Actor Charlie Sheen smiles at the CBS summer press tour party at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, July 15, 2006.

Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Charlie Sheen, star of hit TV sitcom "Two and a Half Men," is expected to enter a new plea of no contest to assaulting his wife in Colorado last year and could spend up to 30 days in jail, reports said on Tuesday.

Celebrity website TMZ.com said Sheen, 44, will enter the plea to a misdemeanor assault charge and, with credit for good behavior, a possible 30-day jail sentence could be reduced to 17 days.

A district attorney in Aspen, Colorado, where Sheen was charged, told Reuters he could not confirm or deny the plea, and an attorney for Sheen said no deal had yet been reached.

Sheen, the highest paid actor in television, is due in an Aspen courtroom Monday June 7 to face a judge in the matter.

The star of television and movies was arrested on December 25 for assaulting his wife, Brooke Mueller. She told police Sheen had pulled a knife on her when she threatened to divorce him.

Both had been drinking at the time, and both later entered rehab facilities.

In February, Sheen was charged with felony menacing, misdemeanor assault and criminal mischief. In March, he originally pleaded not guilty and still faces up to three years behind bars if convicted.

An original trial date was set for July 21, but late last week, officials in Aspen scheduled Monday's hearing. Since then speculation has been that he will change his plea to no contest and spend time in jail to avoid a lengthy probation.

His show, which airs on CBS is not currently in production, so a brief stint in jail would have no immediate impact on shooting.

(Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)

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