UPDATED: Charlie Sheen Headed To Rehab
First Published: February 23, 2010 11:32 PM EST Credit: FilmMagic
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Charlie Sheen is heading to rehab.
A rep for the actor confirmed the news to Access Hollywood on Tuesday.
“As a preventative measure, Charlie Sheen has entered a rehabilitation facility,” the rep said in the statement.
A source, however, told Access Hollywood Sheen had not yet checked into a facility when the statement was released. Just before 8 PM PST on Tuesday, the source told Access Sheen had left his home for an undisclosed rehab facility.
Through his rep, Sheen, who is currently facing charges in Aspen, Colo., over a December 25 incident where wife Brooke Mueller claimed her husband threatened her with a knife, (something he has denied), said his rehab stint will affect his job.
“He will take some time off his series ‘Two and a Half Men,’” the rep’s statement continued.
In a statement to Access on Tuesday evening, CBS confirmed production on the hit series would be suspended.
“CBS, Warner Bros. Television and Chuck Lorre support Charlie Sheen in his decision today to begin voluntary in-patient care at a treatment center,” Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment; Peter Roth, President, Warner Bros. Television; and Chuck Lorre, Creator/Executive Producer of “Two and a Half Men,” said in a joint statement to Access Hollywood. “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.”
Sheen’s rep said the actor is asking for “privacy” in light of the news.
“He has asked that his privacy be honored. No further statements are planned,” the statement concluded.
The news comes just two weeks after Sheen’s rep told Access Hollywood, “Charlie Sheen is not headed for rehab,” back on February 10.
According to another insider, Sheen’s rehab move is not a surprise to those close to the actor.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Sheen was officially charged earlier this month with one felony count of menacing, a misdemeanor count of assault in the third degree and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief, as a result of his Christmas day arrest.
Following Sheen’s arrest, the insider claimed the actor was heavily encouraged to seek help as the charges carry a potential three years in jail, and many people’s jobs at his CBS sitcom, “Two and a Half Men,” are on the line if he receives that sentence. Additionally, the source claimed, he was encouraged to to show the court in Aspen he was trying to seek help.
Sheen’s last public appearance was at the Los Angeles opening of “The Subject Was Roses,” a play starring his father, actor Martin Sheen, on Sunday.
When contacted by Access, a rep for Martin Sheen had no comment on the news.
On Monday, Sheen’s wife, Brooke Mueller, left a Malibu, Calif., rehab facility after an alleged patient confidentiality breach. She was reportedly staying at a home in Los Angeles, but on Tuesday, a person close to the situation told Access Mueller is back in a rehab facility.
A rep for Sheen also confirmed on Monday that the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services visited Sheen and his twins with Mueller – Max and Bob.
“CPS went to Charlie[‘s] home as a matter of routine procedure,” the rep said.
Additionally, the person close to the situation told Access Hollywood, the couple has help taking care of their twins in the form of two nurses and two nannies while they seek treatment.
Contrary to an online report, the children are not currently with their mother. Instead, they are at the couple’s home with the nannies while Brooke is staying with a friend nearby.
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