Who’s to blame in this domestic violence scandal?
UPDATE: Even though both Brooke Mueller and Charlie Sheen had alcohol in their systems at the time of the domestic dispute, RadarOnline is reporting that they were accompanied by “sober minders”, hired individuals who help their clients refrain from alcohol. Unfortunately, the couple’s sober minders were not in the same area of the house when the fight broke out when Brooke told Charlie she wanted a divorce.
Charlie Sheen was released from jail Friday evening, Dec. 25, after posting an $8,500 bond. Radar Online also reports that his wife, Brooke Mueller, claims Charlie choked her, which led to his Christmas morning arrest for second-degree assault in Aspen. Charlie, however, claims self defense. Here’s everything we’ve learned about the incident so far:
- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that Brooke told police Charlie threatened her with a knife. That would be the “weapon of some sort” previously reported.
- A judge has issued a restraining order against Charlie, according to Radar Online. He is reportedly only allowed to speak to Brooke through an attorney until the whole case is settled.
- Radar Online also reports that Brooke felt pressured by Charlie’s team to change her story, and that she says Charlie had been drinking and then attacked her.
- Charlie is telling friends that Brooke exaggerated when describing the incident, according to Radar Online. According to their source, Charlie accused Brooke of partying too much and she went ballistic.
- E! News is reporting that a weapon “of some sort” was involved in the incident between Charlie and Brooke.
- Chief Deputy Arnold Mordkin of Aspen tells TMZ he plans to file charges against Charlie on Feb. 8, 2010 — the date of Charlie’s next court appearance.
- Brooke is no longer cooperating with police, refusing to speak with them about the incident any further, according to TMZ.
- The couple was given blood alcohol tests: Brooke registered a .13, while Charlie only registered a .04
- The couple was already allegedly going through a trial separation before the incident.
- Charlie and Brooke were allegedly up drinking all night before the 911 call was made Christmas morning.
- Brooke Mueller, Charlie’s wife, claims he came at her and choked her.
- Charlie was released Friday evening, Dec. 25, after posting an $8,500 bond.
- Charlie’s rep, Stan Rosenfield, says: “Do not be mislead by appearance. Appearance and reality can be as different as night and day. It would benefit everyone not to jump to any conclusion.”
- The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office released this statement: “Carlos Irwin Estevez, also known as the actor Charles I. Sheen, was brought to the Pitkin County Colorado Jail for booking and incarceration following his arrest by the Aspen Police Department.”
- Charlie Sheen, 44, was arrested on the morning of Dec. 25 by the Aspen Police Department and booked for second-degree assault, menacing, and criminal mischief, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department.