Charlie Sheen pleads not guilty; trial date set for July


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Actor Charlie Sheen pleaded not guilty Monday afternoon to one felony and two misdemeanor charges stemming from his Christmas Day arrest on suspicion of assaulting wife Brooke Mueller in Aspen, Colo. The trial is set to begin July 21.

He is scheduled to return to work on the ‘Two and a Half Men’ set Tuesday.

TMZ had reported Friday that Sheen’s camp was hoping for a plea deal that would include no jail time; Sheen’s spokesman told The Times’ Scott Collins last week that the only purpose of the Monday hearing was to enter a formal plea.


Sheen has been in rehab in what his camp called ‘a preventative measure’ since Feb. 23 -- and TMZ reports he’ll be heading back there after work each day. Mueller has been living at their home with their twin boys and a private rehab team since late February.

-- Christie D’Zurilla

Photo, updated at 4:07 p.m.: Charlie Sheen attends court on March 15, 2010 in Aspen, Colo. A previous version of this post included a January photo of Sheen at a Clippers game -- we’re subbing it out now that photos from Monday’s court visit have hit the wire. Credit: Riccardo S. Savi / Getty Images.

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