It might actually be really great to be Charlie Sheen.
Seven months after the fact, the extremely well-paid sitcom star pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence for his heated Dec. 25 confrontation with wife Brooke Mueller.
And, instead of heading directly to an Aspen jail as a previous plea deal stipulated, Sheen is expected back at work tomorrow on Two and Half Men. His home base for the next 30 days will be a rehab center in Malibu, where he'll work on "behavioral modification."
There's a Pitken County employee who's going to be getting a big bouquet of flowers soon...
Once upon a time Sheen was going to spend 30 days in jail in exchange for the court dropping felony menacing and misdemeanor criminal mischief charges against him. His deal "hit a snag" in June, however, when Beverly Campbell, an employee of the county's Jail Administrative Offices, decided that the actor didn't quality for their system's work release program—which was one of the major perks of his deal.
So, after further negotiations, Sheen's attorney, Yale Galanter, somehow wrangled a 30-day stay at Promises, aka celeb rehab central, in Malibu, 30 days' probation, and 36 hours of domestic violence and anger management counseling for his mischievous client. Galanter also represented Mueller in the aftermath of Sheen's arrest.
And a rep from CBS says that the network has been given no indication that the star of Two and a Half Men will not be on set Tuesday as scheduled.
Sheen has 30 days until he has to check into rehab, and he has to formally agree to the location by 5 p.m. tomorrow.
"I'm very grateful to the court and to the people of Pitkin County," the actor said in a statement released by rep Stan Rosenfield. "I look forward to complying with the court's decision, getting on with my life and putting this behind me."
—Reporting by Elizabeth Florer
(Originally published Aug. 2, 2010, at 3:43 p.m. PT)
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