ASPEN - Tabloid celebrity Brooke Mueller has been charged formally with two felonies and a misdemeanor in connection to an alleged downtown Aspen disturbance and drug arrest in December.
At 4:57 p.m. Friday, Pitkin County prosecutor Arnold Mordkin charged Mueller, the ex-wife of actor Charlie Sheen, with felony counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of cocaine, 4 grams or less. Mordkin also charged Mueller, 34, with third-degree assault.
The charges against Mueller come nearly three months after Aspen police, responding to a tip that she had assaulted another woman at the Belly Up nightclub on the night of Dec. 2, found her dancing at Escobar, another downtown haunt. Officers took her outside, arrested her in the early morning hours of Dec. 3, and found her in possession of cocaine, police said in a statement.
Other than the press release, local authorities have been tight-lipped about details surrounding the incident. The police report has been withheld on Mordkin's basis that the alleged crimes remain under investigation.
However, Mordkin's charging document identifies the alleged assault victim as Llana Hora Castillo Pacheco Little of Snowmass Village.
Additionally, the charging document names 11 other witnesses to the incident, including Aspen police officers Dan Davis, Jeff Fain and David Rosselot.
Published reports say Mueller is attending a rehabilitation facility for her purported drug and substance-abuse problems. Citing medical privacy laws, part-time Aspen resident Yale Galanter, one of Mueller's defense attorneys, declined to discuss that detail of her life.
"I can tell you Brooke is complying with all of the conditions of her release, not only in the written letter of the law but the spirit of the law," he said Tuesday. "She is doing phenomenally well and I mean that from the bottom of my heart."
Mordkin would not talk about how or if Mueller's stint in rehab will affect the case.
"Generally speaking, it's always good for people to show that they have come to grips with a problem and are willing to change their behavior," he said.
Mueller has yet to make her first court appearance for the December incident. Both Mordkin and Galanter said that they expect her first scheduled court date, set for March 5, to be continued to a later date.
Mueller and Sheen married in May 2008 and divorced last May; they have twin sons, Bob and Max.
On Christmas Day 2009, Aspen police arrested Sheen at the West End home the couple was renting on an alleged domestic dispute with Mueller. Mordkin prosecuted Sheen for the assault on his ex-wife. Sheen, the former star of the hit CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men," pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in an agreement with the Pitkin County District Attorney's Office in exchange for the dismissal of felony charges of menacing and criminal mischief.