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Charlie Sheen seeks rehab as 'preventive measure,' publicist says

Charlie Sheen faces charges of second-degree assault, menacing and criminal mischief.
Charlie Sheen faces charges of second-degree assault, menacing and criminal mischief.
  • Publicist does not say what Sheen is being treated for or the kind of facility he is entering
  • Sheen will take time off from CBS series "Two and a Half Men" while in rehab, he says
  • Announcement comes day after Sheen's wife switches rehab facilities

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Actor Charlie Sheen checked into a rehab clinic "as a preventive measure," his publicist said Tuesday.

Sheen will "take some time off" from his acting job on the CBS series "Two and a Half Men" while he undergoes rehabilitation, publicist Stan Rosenfield said.

In a joint statement, executives from CBS and Warner Bros. Television and "Two and a Half Men" creator/producer Chuck Lorre said they "support Charlie Sheen in his decision today to begin voluntary in-patient care at a treatment center. We wish him nothing but the best as he deals with this personal matter. Production on 'Two and a Half Men' will be temporarily suspended."

Rosenfield's short statement did not say what issue Sheen needed to address with rehabilitation or the kind of facility he is entering.

The announcement comes a day after a lawyer for Sheen's wife, Brooke Mueller, confirmed she had switched rehab facilities in her battle with substance abuse.

There was no information given about who was caring for the couple's twin boys.

Sheen, 44, and Mueller, 32, were involved in an alleged domestic dispute in Aspen, Colorado, on Christmas Day that resulted in a felony assault charge against Sheen.

Mueller's lawyer said Monday that she pulled out of The Canyon, a Malibu, California, rehab center, over the weekend after a "major breach of her privacy."

She immediately checked into "a private, secure facility" to continue her substance-abuse rehabilitation so she can be "the best mother" to her children, attorney Yale Galanter said.

Galanter said he was planning a lawsuit against the rehab center after confidential details of Mueller's treatment there were given to journalists over the weekend.

"I am going to make them pay like you can't believe for screwing over my client," Galanter said. "You can quote me on that."

A call to The Canyon by CNN was not immediately returned.

Mueller voluntarily entered rehab in the wake of the Christmas Day incident with Sheen, Galanter said.

Video: Sheen's wife in rehab

Aspen police charged Sheen with felony second-degree assault, felony menacing and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. He was booked under his birth name, Carlos Irwin Estevez.

Sheen and Mueller married in 2008. Their twin sons -- Max and Bob -- will have their first birthday in March.

Separately, a Los Angeles county social worker visited Sheen's home Sunday to check on his children, Sheen's publicist said.

"The visit from [the department of children and family services] was routine and procedural," Rosenfield said.

Los Angeles County was asked by Pitkin County, Colorado, child protection officials to check on the family as part of a follow-up to Sheen's arrest in Aspen, Rosenfield said.

Agency officials declined to confirm or comment on the visit because of privacy laws.

CBS did not immediately respond to CNN calls for comment.

Sheen's history of trouble began in 1990 when he was dating actress Kelly Preston. Reports surfaced then that Preston had been shot in the arm. In 2001 Sheen told Playboy magazine that it was a "complete accident. I wasn't even in the room. She picked up a pair of my pants. ... A little revolver fell out of my back pocket, hit the bathroom floor and went off. It shot a hole through the toilet and she got hit in the leg with shrapnel."

The couple split soon after the incident and Preston married actor John Travolta in 1991.

In 1994 Sheen was the only celebrity client whose name was publicly released during the trial of "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss.

In 1996, adult film actress Brittany Ashland accused Sheen of throwing her on the floor and splitting her lip. Sheen pleaded no contest to battery charges and was fined $2,800. He entered rehab in 1998 after an alleged drug overdose.

During the course of his divorce from model-turned-actress Denise Richards in 2006, Richards filed a restraining order against Sheen, saying he tried to kill her.

Sheen released a statement at the time saying: "Obviously, what has taken place is vile, is unconscionable, is without merit, is a transparent and immature smear campaign. She's claiming certain things. It's baseless."

CNN's Alan Duke, Brittany Kaplan, Marc Balinsky and journalist Jo Piazza contributed to this report.