For those who haven't been glued to this particularly saucy saga from the beginning, let's backtrack for a sec.
Charlie Sheen threatened his wife Brooke with a knife. She called 911. There was a restraining order, followed by three counts filed against the actor: felony menacing, third-degree assault and criminal mischief. (If convicted, the 44-year-old father of four could face one to three years in prison for the menacing charge.) Drunk, Angry & Violent: Charlie Sheen's Xmas
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Then Brooke got very sick, and for a while it didn't look like Charlie was going to have a chance to say goodbye. He did, and she got better. Rehab for her, thinking time for him followed. Charlie Sheen's Wife, Brooke Mueller, In I.C.U.
With us so far? OK! Now finally in court, it seems as if Brooke wants to drop the domestic violence charge against her husband and is willing to seal the deal with both a hug and a kiss and a trip back to Aspen (of all places!).
According to her lawyer:
I can tell you, Brooke very badly wanted to have contact with Charlie. There are many children's issues that she wanted to communicate with him about... They have two gorgeous beautiful babies together. Brooke would like this case to be over and charges dismissed so they can get on with their lives."
Even though that has been resolved, things are far from over with these commonsense judge-ordered provisions in place: 1) Charlie is prohibited from harassment or retaliation against his wife, 2) he is prevented from using any non-prescription drugs or alcohol, 3) He's also not allowed to possess any weapons.
But even more so because "once you report a crime in this type of case, you're just a witness for the prosecution," says Dan Recht, ex-President of the Colorado Criminal Defense Bar. This means that, although Brooke might want the charges dropped, the prosecutors aren't required to do so and, in fact, they can subpoena her to testify against Charlie.
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Her own lawyer says: "I don't know how people survive something like this. What happens after today is anyone's guess."