Mueller says she’ll stay committed to children, recovery
May 22, 2012
ASPEN – Brooke Mueller declared to an Aspen judge Monday that she is focused on maintaining her sobriety and raising the twin sons she conceived with her ex-husband Charlie Sheen.
“I feel like I am a new person with a new pair of eyes,” Mueller said via speaker phone during a sentencing hearing in Pitkin County District Court. “I am excited about my children and my recovery.”
Mueller, 34, of Los Angeles, is undergoing treatment at a rehabilitation facility in Utah, said one of her attorneys, Richard Cummins of Aspen, who was present for the hearing.
The tabloid celebrity said she has been addressing her substance-abuse issues since her Dec. 3 arrest in downtown Aspen on suspicion of assaulting a woman at the Belly Up nightclub and possessing more than 4 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute.
In March, Mueller hatched a plea deal with Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin that called for the dropping of one felony county of attempted distribution of cocaine and one misdemeanor charge of assault.
The agreement also included Mueller’s guilty plea to possession of less than 4 grams of cocaine. However, that arrangement comes in the form of a one-year deferred judgment, meaning that the conviction will be dropped if she complies with the terms of her probation.
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As part of the probation, Mueller is prohibited from consuming alcohol and must tender a $1,500 payment to the court for a so-called drug surcharge. She also must perform 24 hours of public service.
Judge Gail Nichols asked Mueller a round of questions regarding her twins and rehabilitation. Mueller offered an upbeat take on her progress.
“It’s going great,” she said, adding that “I will probably be in it (recovery) for the rest of my life. I couldn’t be more happy.”
She said that “my children are my life now. My life is incredible.”
Nichols commended Mueller for her apparent turnaround.
“I do appreciate the effort you have made, especially given the circumstances,” the judge said. “I certainly wish you the best of luck.”
Should Mueller abide by the terms of her judgment, it would close the chapter on a dubious run for her in Aspen city limits.
On Christmas Day 2009, Mueller reported to Aspen police that Sheen, her husband at the time, had threatened to kill her with a kitchen knife.
The former star of the hit CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men” later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office in exchange for the dismissal of felony charges of menacing and criminal mischief.
The incident provided the culprit for the two to later divorce.
Mueller’s arrest in December came after Aspen police fielded a call that she had struck a woman on the dance floor of Belly Up. When police arrived at the nightclub, Mueller had retreated to another downtown haunt, Escobar. There, police spotted her on the dance floor and escorted her outside where they arrested her for assault, according to a police report.
“(Mueller) started screaming that she would be calling her lawyer and would be suing the department,” wrote Jeff Fain, one of the arresting officer. “(Mueller) started to become very violent and pacing back and forth in the stairwell. (Mueller) screamed at me, ‘You think you have power, you will see.’ (Mueller) then struck me in the chest two times with her finger very hard.”
At one point, Mueller said, “Get your f—ing arms off me! Who do you think you are?”, according to Sgt. Dan Davis’ report, which also said she threatened to sue him if he did not let her go.
Later, Mueller continued to scream at the officers, Fain wrote. Fain then handcuffed Mueller and walked her down Hyman Avenue, where at one point she pulled her wallet out of her pants and threw it toward a man to whom she referred as “Rich,” the report says.
Rich, the report says, had been following the two officers and Mueller, “and stood on the sidewalk in a strange manner with his foot awkwardly over the wallet.” Davis, however, retrieved the wallet after telling Rich to remove his foot. Davis then opened the wallet and found a plastic bag containing a white, powdery substance, which he believed was cocaine. The officer’s finding prompted Mueller to say: “If you f—ing do this to me … I need a lawyer, now!” Davis’ report says.
Later at the jail, where Mueller was booked, Fain also told her she faced possession of cocaine charges. Fain told Mueller that she was in possession of more than 4 grams, to which she allegedly replied: “I bought an eight-ball, which is 3.5 grams. How is it that it weighs 4 grams?” She added: “I bought that coke for all my friends, I was trying to impress them. … I didn’t even do any this evening, I was just holding it for everyone else.”