ASPEN - Actor Charlie Sheen spent the better part of Christmas Day in the Pitkin County jail after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. He bonded out of jail sometime after 6 p.m. and was scheduled to catch a flight to Los Angeles, his attorney said.
Sheen, 44, faces a class-four felony charge of second-degree assault and a class-five felony charge of menacing, police said. He also faces the charge of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.
Sheen waived advisement of the charges at a brief hearing Friday night. He was represented by Aspen attorney Richie Cummins.
District Judge James Boyd presided over the hearing, which was done over a telephone conference, said Assistant District Attorney Mordkin. The judge issued a mandatory protection order against Sheen, prohibiting him from having contact with his wife, Brooke Mueller. Sheen later posted bond, which was set at $8,500.
Cummins said Sheen was scheduled to board a flight to Los Angeles.
"Obviously this is a difficult situation," Cummins said. "This is Christmas and we'll leave it at that."
Sheen's wife reportedly called police after he allegedly pushed her. The victim did not require transport to the hospital, police said.
Sheen was taken into custody by Aspen police officer Rick Magnuson following a 911 call made at 8:34 a.m. from 320 W. Hallam St., a single-family home in the West End neighborhood.
Sheen's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, said in a statement: "Appearance and reality can be as different as night and day. It would benefit everyone not to jump to any conclusion."
Sheen currently stars in the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men," and is the highest paid TV actor, earning $850,000 per episode, according to TV Guide.
Born Carlos Irwin Estevez, he is the son of actor Martin Sheen and the brother of Emilio Estevez, and played prominent roles in such motion-picture blockbusters as "Platoon," "Wall Street" and "Major League," among others.
Sheen's bad-boy image has been fueled over the years by arrests and drug problems. He has been married three times.
The divorce with his second wife, Denise Richards, involved a bitter custody battle over their two daughters, but they reportedly made peace.
Sheen has five children from previous relationships and marriages.