Yesterday, Charlie Sheen pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge in his domestic violence case after a fight broke out between he and his wife, Brooke Mueller, on Christmas Day; in exchange, the two other charges against Sheen were dropped and he avoided jail time. Instead, Sheen will spend 30 days in rehab, must complete 36 hours of domestic violence counseling, and is on probation for 90 days. So, let me get this straight … Sheen held a knife to Mueller’s throat and told her, “If you tell anyone, I’ll kill you,” and he doesn’t even have to spend a day in jail? It’s worth noting, of course, that though she reported the assault to police, Mueller has not been cooperating with authorities since. However, it is not unheard of for domestic violence victims to come to the defense of their abusers — it’s all part of the cycle of abuse. Without Mueller’s cooperation, it might have been hard for the prosecution to make a case for all of the charges and a plea deal may have been the best option. Still, Sheen has a history of domestic violence; as Jessica noted in an earlier post on the subject, “In June 1997, Sheen pleaded guilty to smashing his ex-girlfriend Brittany Ashland’s face into the floor and trotted away with only a $2,800 fine, two years probation, and 300 hours of community service. Sheen’s also checked into rehab at least twice, in 1990 and 1998.” His former wife Denise Richards has hinted that Sheen had been abusive to her, and she even filed a restraining order against him at one point during their divorce.
In other words, in 13 years, Sheen’s behavior towards women has not changed and his statement after yesterday’s proceedings doesn’t make me hopeful that he’s learned a thing. “I look forward to complying with the court’s decision, getting on with my life and putting this behind me,” he said. Not “learning how to be a better husband, father, and man,” not “vowing to change my behavior and learning how to manage my anger issues,” just moving on with his life. [People]