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Thursday 14 December 2017

Sheen denies threatening to kill wife

Actor Charlie Sheen has denied domestic violence charges -- nearly three months after his wife told police in an emergency phone call that he put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.

Sheen showed little emotion and said nothing during his brief arraignment in Pitkin County District Court in Aspen, Colorado. The plea was entered by Richard Cummins, Sheen's attorney.

No new details emerged about the incident, which allegedly happened on Christmas Day.

The star of Two and a Half Men is charged with menacing, criminal mischief and assault. Menacing, the most serious charge, carries a possible sentence of one to three years in prison.

A judge scheduled a jury trial for July 21. Sheen is accused of assaulting Brooke Mueller Sheen at an Aspen home while they were on vacation. He told police they were arguing but denied threatening to kill her.

In court, Sheen wore a black suit, white shirt and black tie. He chatted with a deputy and sipped water from a cup before the hearing started.



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Afterwards, he walked a few steps to the prosecution table and shook hands with Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin.

Stan Rosenfield, Sheen's agent, said: "Charlie is looking forward to the opportunity to clear his name."

It wasn't clear if a plea deal had been ruled out. Before the hearing, Mordkin said: "We always remain open. You never know."

Brooke Sheen told police her husband threatened her after she told him she wanted a divorce.

Sheen denied threatening his wife with a knife or choking her. He told officers they had slapped each other on the arms and that he had snapped two pairs of her glasses in front of her.

Within a week of Sheen's arrest, attorneys for both husband and wife said the couple wanted to reconcile. A restraining order that kept them from contacting each other was dropped in February and the couple were reunited.

Yale Galanter, Brooke Sheen's attorney, said she still wanted the charges against her husband dropped.

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