Sheen evades jail sentence by pleading guilty to a lesser charge
No jail time for Charlie Sheen — and it looks like the "Two and a Half Men" star won't have to spend any more time in rehab or counseling, either.
The highest-paid actor on television pleaded guilty Monday to 3rd degree misdemeanor assault, avoiding jail time by accepting the lesser charge, three months' probation, counseling and a 30-day inpatient stay in a rehab facility.
Sheen is expected to begin work later this week on "Two and a Half Men."
Asked by the judge why he was pleading guilty, Sheen replied: "Because I'm guilty, your honor."
He had been charged with felony menacing and criminal mischief stemming from a Christmas-Day confrontation with wife Brooke Mueller. In pleading guilty to the misdemeanor charge, he was still sentenced to 30 days in jail — but the judge suspended that part of the sentence pending the completion of three months' probation.
He was also ordered to undergo 36 hours of domestic violence counseling, and was given 30 days to report to the Malibu-based alcohol and drug rehab program Promises. But TMZ reported Monday afternoon that Sheen was getting credit for time already served at the facility and in anger-management counseling — which virtually means that unless he violates his probation between now and early November, it's as if the incident never happened.
Sheen had reportedly already agreed once before to plead guilty to 3rd-degree assault, but that deal fell apart in June and the hearing was rescheduled. The original deal called for Sheen to serve the jail time and mentor at an Aspen community theater.
Sheen's sentence was never really expected to interfere with his new deal with Warner Bros. TV, which produces "Two and a Half Men," the No. 1-rated comedy on TV for CBS.