- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 2, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Sheen filed to end his marriage to his third wife Monday and stated in documents that the couple separated the same day as a Christmas 2009 altercation that led to assault charges against the actor.

The divorce came less than a week after Mr. Sheen, the star of TV’s “Two and a Half Men,” was hospitalized briefly in New York after security at a luxury hotel reported he was being disorderly.

Mr. Sheen cited irreconcilable differences for the divorce and indicated in court filings in Los Angeles that the couple have a prenuptial agreement. He and Brooke Mueller Sheen were married in May 2008 and have twin sons together.

He is seeking joint custody but is asking a judge not to award his wife any spousal support.

Within hours, Mrs. Sheen filed her own petition for divorce, seeking sole custody of the couple’s sons and spousal support. Her filing did not offer any additional details but also cited Christmas as the date of separation.

The divorce was first reported Monday by People magazine’s website.

Mr. Sheen, 45, pleaded guilty in Aspen, Colo., in August to misdemeanor third-degree assault after a Christmas Day altercation with his wife. He listed the couple’s separation date as the date of the fight.

Prosecutors dropped more serious charges and he avoided jail time, instead receiving 30 days in a rehabilitation center, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management.

Mrs. Sheen told police the actor threatened to kill her and brandished a knife after she told him she wanted a divorce. Mr. Sheen said the two argued, but he denied threatening her and told police he was upset by the divorce threat.

Last Tuesday, the actor was hospitalized after security at the Plaza Hotel in New York reported he was disorderly and had broken furniture in his room.

Mr. Sheen appeared highly intoxicated when officers arrived at his room around 1:30 a.m., and a woman with him said they had been out drinking and partying that night, according to a law enforcement official.

The woman said Mr. Sheen was yelling and tossing furniture when they returned to the room, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the encounter and spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Mr. Sheen’s publicist, Stan Rosenfield, said the actor had an adverse reaction to medication. Mr. Sheen was released from the hospital the same day.

Mr. Sheen is on a family vacation with ex-wife Denise Richards and the former couple’s two children. Their divorce was highly contentious at first but resolved amicably in 2006.

Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed to this report.


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