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Actor Charlie Sheen enters rehab

Charlie Sheen
Sheen spent much of Christmas Day in a cell

Actor Charlie Sheen has entered rehab and will be taking a break from filming his popular TV series, Two and a Half Men, his publicist has said.

It comes two months after the 44-year-old was arrested following a fight with his wife, Brooke Mueller, at their home in Aspen, Colorado on Christmas day.

He was later charged with assaulting and threatening her and is due to return to court on 15 March.

Mueller is also in rehab seeking treatment, her lawyer said.

'Personal matter'

Sheen's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, said the actor will "take some time off" from filming his TV series. Sheen's decision to enter rehab was taken as a "preventative measure," he added.

"He has asked that his privacy be honoured. No further statements are planned," Mr Rosenfield said.

He did not provide details on what type of rehabilitation facility Sheen had entered.

CBS and the creator of Two and a Half Men said in a statement that they "support Charlie Sheen in his decision today to begin voluntary in-patient care at a treatment centre. We wish him nothing but the best as he deals with this personal matter."

They confirmed shooting would be temporarily suspended.

Earlier this month, Sheen was charged with menacing, misdemeanour assault and criminal mischief against his wife.

The menacing charge covers the alleged use of a deadly weapon in a threatening manner.

He could face up to three years behind bars if convicted.

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