DA Won't Lift Sheen Restraining Order

In this Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, picture, actor Charlie Sheen, right, and wife Brooke Mueller arrive at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. A woman who identified herself as the wife of Charlie Sheen said in a 911 call to Aspen police that the actor threatened her with a knife and that she feared for her life. Police released the audio of the call on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, three days after Sheen was arrested on suspicion of menacing, second-degree assault and criminal mischief. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Colorado prosecutors don't want a judge to lift a restraining order against actor Charlie Sheen, who is accused of threatening his wife with a knife.

Attorneys for both Sheen and his wife, Brooke, say they want the order dismissed so the couple can try to reconcile. The order bars him from contacting her.

Prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday opposing dismissal. Assistant District Attorney Arnold Mordkin would not say why on Thursday.

It's not clear when a judge will rule.

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Sheen was arrested in Aspen on Christmas Day on charges including felony menacing and domestic violence. Brooke Sheen told police he put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.

He denies threatening her.

The 44-year-old actor stars in "Two and a Half Men" on CBS.


"They're very much in love. They want to try to work it out and want to have the best shot at doing that," Brooke Sheen's attorney, Yale Galanter, told The Associated Press.

Charlie Sheen's attorney, Richard Cummins, confirmed his client wants to reconcile. Cummins said he is asking a judge to modify a restraining order that prevents the couple from having contact.


Charlie Sheen told police the couple slapped each other and that he snapped two pairs of her eyeglasses in front of her, but he denied threatening her with a knife.

He faces charges of felony menacing, domestic violence, second-degree assault and criminal mischief and is free on $8,500 bond.

Galanter said Wednesday that Brooke Sheen is standing by the account she gave police, but he said she didn't understand at the time that it would lead to her husband's arrest.

"Wives think the cops are going to break something up and they don't realize the husband is going to be taken to jail," Galanter said.

"I will tell you that both parties want to attempt to work this out. Whatever was said and whatever happened, I'm chalking it up as one really bad night," Galanter said.

An arrest affidavit quoted Brooke Sheen as saying her husband pinned her on a bed, held a knife to her throat and told her, "You better be in fear. If you tell anybody, I'll kill you. Your mother's money means nothing, I have ex-police I can hire who know how to get the job done and they won't leave any trace."

In an audio recording of a call to police, a woman who identifies herself as Brooke tells the dispatcher that Charlie Sheen threatened her with a knife and added, "I thought I was gonna die for one hour."

Galanter said Brooke Sheen hired him "because she is a witness against her husband and she wants him to continue being her husband."

He called it "a very interesting legal conundrum.... Events occurred. She gave a sworn statement to a law enforcement officer. She wants to work on her marriage and she wants to honor her legal obligations."

Asked if she would testify against her husband, Galanter said, "It's not going to come down to that." He declined to elaborate.

Galanter also declined to comment on Charlie Sheen's statement to police that his wife abuses alcohol.

Galanter said Brooke Sheen was still in Aspen on Wednesday with the couple's twin boys, who were born in March. Galanter said he was not concerned that social services might intervene out of concern for the children.

"These kids are in probably the most loving, nurturing, wholesome, healthy environment I have ever seen," he said, describing their mother as "doting."

Social services officials in Aspen said state law forbids them from speaking publicly about a case.

Cummins said he did not know Charlie Sheen's whereabouts.
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