(Adds anger classes, Sheen statement)
By Ellen Miller
ASPEN, Colorado Aug 2 Actor Charlie Sheen
pleaded guilty on Monday to assaulting his wife last Christmas
and was sentenced to 30 days in a drug and alcohol
rehabilitation in California.
Under a plea deal reached with prosecutors in Aspen, Sheen
also agreed to three months probation in which he cannot
consume any drugs, other than prescription medication, and
cannot drink an excessive amount of alcohol. He also was
ordered to attend 36 hours of anger management classes.
Pitkin County District Judge James C. Boyd sentenced Sheen
to a 30-day jail term, but suspended it provided Sheen
successfully completes his probation and the drug and alcohol
rehab program in California.
Sheen, 44, was quiet through much of the court proceeding.
When asked how he pleaded, Sheen said "guilty as charged, your
In a statement issued following the court proceeding, Sheen
said he was "very grateful" to the court.
"I look forward to complying with the court's decision,
getting on with my life and putting this behind me," he said.
The star of the CBS network's sitcom "Two And a Half Men"
is to serve his 30-day stint in rehab time at a Promises
treatment center in California, one of which is located in the
seaside enclave of Malibu. The deal allows Sheen to continue
his work on "Two and Half Men."
Sheen was arrested on Christmas Day after Brooke Mueller,
his third wife, told police he had pulled a knife on her and
threatened to have her killed.
The actor was charged with felony menacing, misdemeanor
third degree assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief.
In exchange for his guilty plea on the misdemeanor third
degree assault, prosecutors dropped the charges of menacing and
of criminal mischief.
Sheen had faced up to three years behind bars if he had
been convicted on all charges.
The actor's legal troubles have had little effect on his
popularity. Audiences for "Two and a Half Men" have remained
high and this year Sheen negotiated a deal with CBS that took
his pay to a reported $1.8 million per episode.
(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)