In that same year, Brittany Ashland filed charges claiming Sheen had thrown her onto the kitchen floor of his San Fernando Valley home and split her lip.
In June 1997 he pleaded no contest, earning a year’s suspended sentence, two years’ probation and a ,800 fine.
Read Jon Cryer's painful inside account of Charlie Sheen's meltdown1.
Two men and a porn star: Cryer and Sheen first met in the '80s when they auditioned for a movie that never got made.
“You will not see me back in this courtroom,” a repentant Sheen told the judge.
The very next year, though, he was hospitalized for a drug overdose. After his father walked into the Malibu courthouse and reported him, Charlie—in a deal that kept him out of jail—was given an added year’s probation, ordered to perform 300 hours of community service and sent to lock-down detox followed by treatment.
My expectation was mediocre but pleasantly surprised.
The one who spent thousands of dollars on high-priced call girls? Who caused his father, actor Martin Sheen, to ask reporters, “Pray for my boy. That, producers insist, is not the Charlie Sheen who’s replacing Michael J. “This is another guy,” maintains Goldberg of his star, who reportedly has stayed sober since participating in a 1998 detox program. We can’t fax him new changes on the script too late because he’s already asleep.
In a recent interview in Maxim magazine, Sheen threw out a wild guess that he’d slept with 5,000 women; denied as “completely ridiculous” a tabloid rumor that he liked prostitutes dressed as cheerleaders; admitted to having 12 tattoos (one looks like a memo and reads, “Back in 15 minutes”); and concluded, looking back over his antics, “I wouldn’t trade all that stuff in a million years.” He was probably not referring to the battery charges brought by model-actress Brittany Ashland, to which he pleaded no contest in 1997.
Still, months before Sheen landed the gig, the 71 days remaining on his probation were dropped.
(Like his dad, Charlie borrowed mother Janet’s maiden name as an actor.) He was 21 when he became a star in Platoon.