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    >>> all right, but let's begin this half hour with the newly released 911 call that led to the christmas day arrest of charlie sheen , the highest paid actor on television. nbc 's george lewis has details.

    >> reporter: the call went out from sheen 's house in aspen, colorado, just after 8:30 christmas morning . sheen 's wife, brooke mueller , saying she was terrified, pleading for help, claiming sheen threatened her with a switchblade knife .

    >> okay, tell me exactly what happened.

    >> my husband had me -- with, with, with a knife, and i was feared for my life and he threatened me.

    >> okay. are you guys separated right now?

    >> yeah, right now. we have people that are separating us, but i have to file the report or else --

    >> are there other people there? does he still have the knife?

    >> yeah, he does, but there are still other people there.

    >> reporter: reportedly, that includes their twins and nanny, although there is no mention of them on the call. in a sworn affidavit, a police officer says sheen had a folding knife in a travel bag but "denied threatening mueller with a knife or strangling her." sheen says his wife had been drinking, that they began arguing after she threatened to divorce him and take the children. in a second affidavit, she told an officer that sheen grabbed her by the throat, holding the knife to her neck, saying "you better be in fear. if you tell anybody, i'll kill you."

    >> you are a bad, bad boy .

    >> and yet, you're always the one getting spanked.

    >> reporter: but as a real-life bad boy suspect, he spent a few hours behind bars on christmas day before he made bail and left for los angeles . and the next day, mueller was photographed smiling, no apparent marks on her neck. now, "people" magazine is reporting charlie sheen and his wife are seeking help.

    >> sources tell "people" that charlie and brooke are actually headed towards marriage counseling , and in fact, charlie's actually going to undergo therapy for anger management as well.

    >> reporter: the district attorney's office says that any decision on whether to file charges won't be made until just before sheen 's first court appearance in february. for "today," george lewis , nbc news, los angeles .

    >> dan abrams is nbc 's chief legal analyst, and janice min is former editor of " us weekly ." good morning to both of you.

    >> good morning.

    >> good morning, amy.

    >> i have a question for you. is charlie sheen facing more jail time here possibly or is this more of a public relations nightmare for him?

    >> oh, there's no question, if the prosecutors move forward on the charges upon which he was arrested on, absolutely, he could face up to eight years in prison. and even if they move forward on those charges and they cut some sort of deal, i don't think there's any way that charlie sheen could get away with no jail time.

    >> then the question, dan, is what's the likelihood prosecutors will move forward with this, especially if his wife is now not cooperating with him?

    >> yeah, this is where it gets tough, right? because if she now decides she doesn't want to move forward, that makes it tricky for the prosecutors. they still could move forward. after all, this would be the people of the state of colorado against charlie sheen , not charlie sheen against his wife. so, if they decide they have the evidence, even if she decides not to cooperate, they could still move forward. no question it makes it harder. the last thing they want is a hostile witness as the primary witness against him, but there have certainly been cases where a spouse or a girlfriend has decided that they don't want to help, and yet, prosecutors still move forward with the case.

    >> janice , charlie sheen has certainly seen tough times before.

    >> yes.

    >> and he's made it through them, but at a certain point, i mean, he is television's highest paid actor, his comedy show is the most viewed. at what point is too much bad behavior enough where it ends up destroying his career?

    >> you know, with charlie sheen , i honestly don't think it matters. he's proven himself to be teflon all these years. this is -- he's assaulted women before. he accidentally shot kelly preston when they were engaged. he's used hookers. he's overdosed on cocaine. i mean, all along the way he's gotten more roles, he has been nominated for an emmy, a golden globe . i think the public has learned to separate the private charlie sheen from the public charlie sheen . the thing, is he is incredibly talented, people like watching him on tv. in many ways, his character, all the best roles are those of the sort of loveable bad boy .

    >> right. does he get a pass because he has the bad boy persona?

    >> i think so, and women often forgive these bad boys . i see we're showing the "ferris buehler" clip now. that is the charlie sheen they like and remember, the sort of bad boy who they're irriskably drawn to.

    >> dan, let me ask you about the 911 call. we obviously heard his wife make some significant accusations, saying he was trying to kill her, held a knife to her throat. we mentioned she's now not cooperating with police, but it's been said that she was severely intoxicated at the time of that call. does that impact at all a prosecutor's decision to move forward with this?

    >> only in terms of whether they believe it actually happened, meaning, if they think that she was so drunk that she might be making up the story, then absolutely. but if they just think she was drunk and that they still believe that's what happened, then it absolutely does not matter. it's going to come down to, do they believe what she said on the 911 tape, do they believe that what she told the police is what actually happened. if they believe that and they think they can back it one the 911 tape, physical evidence , with the observations of the police officers , then they might still move forward, as i said, even without her assistance.

    >> and janice , if things don't move forward with their marriage -- we don't know exactly what's going to happen between charlie sheen and his wife -- how much will that affect his public image at this point as well, if there's a custody battle -- there are two little boys involved in this as well.

    >> look at -- he became the highest paid actor on tv in the midst of a nasty divorce from denise richards , and the fascinating thing there is denise richards got thrown under the bus. she's the one who got vilified in the press. i think he's the bigger star. she, without charlie sheen as her husband, she's anonymous. so, i think that he will survive this, you know? i think it speaks a lot to how we view badly behaved men in this country, but he will survive, his show will continue to get ratings, probably bigger ratings, and he'll probably continue to get nominated for more awards.

    >> all right. janice min, dan abrams , thank you both.

    >>> and now let's get a

updated 12/29/2009 8:25:20 AM ET 2009-12-29T13:25:20

Charlie Sheen’s wife told police the actor pinned her on a bed, put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her in a Christmas Day fight in Aspen that began when she said she wanted a divorce.

An arrest warrant affidavit released Monday quotes Brooke Mueller Sheen as saying that the actor straddled her on a bed with one hand grasping her neck and the other holding the knife. She said Sheen told her: “You better be in fear. If you tell anybody, I’ll kill you.”

He also told her, “Your mother’s money means nothing, I have ex-police I can hire who know how to get the job done and they won’t leave any trace,” according to the affidavit.

The 44-year-old Sheen denied threatening his wife with a knife or choking her, and told officers they had slapped each other on the arms and that he had snapped two pairs of her eyeglasses in front of her, according to the affidavit. An ambulance was sent to the house in Aspen, but police say no one was taken to the hospital.

Charlie Sheen, who is listed in the affidavit by his legal name, Carlos Irwin Estevez, told police he and his wife have been having marital problems and that she abuses alcohol.

No phone listing could be found for Brooke Sheen, and it wasn’t clear whether she has an attorney. The affidavit refers to her as Brooke Mueller.

Sheen was arrested on suspicion of menacing, second-degree assault and criminal mischief. The affidavit also lists a charge of domestic violence, which authorities had not previously mentioned. Sheen is free on $8,500 bond. His lawyer and his agent didn’t immediately return calls on Monday.

Video: Charlie Sheen arrested for domestic violence The couple began arguing around 3:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, the affidavit said. Brooke Sheen told her husband she wanted a divorce and would get custody of their children, according to the affidavit. The couple had twin boys born in March.

Charlie Sheen told police he “became very upset with this threat (of divorce) because of prior experiences.” He went through a bitter divorce and custody battle with his previous wife, actress Denise Richards.

A woman who identified herself as “Brooke” and said she was Sheen’s wife called 911 around 8:30 a.m.

In an audio recording of the call released Monday, the woman can be heard weeping and sometimes her words are inaudible. At one point she said: “My husband had me (inaudible) with um, with a knife, and (inaudible) he threatened me.” Later, she said, “I thought I was gonna die for one hour.”

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Police say Charlie Sheen surrendered a folding knife with a 4-inch blade.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin said Monday the menacing charge is the most serious, usually carrying a sentence of two to eight years in prison and a fine of $2,000 to $500,000. Mordkin said Sheen’s next court appearance is Feb. 8, and no decision on whether to prosecute him is expected until shortly before that.

Charlie Sheen stars in CBS’ “Two and a Half Men” and Brooke Mueller Sheen is a real estate investor. The couple married in May 2008.

In 1996, the actor was charged with attacking a girlfriend at his Southern California home. He pleaded no contest and was placed on two years’ probation. In 1998, his father, actor Martin Sheen, turned him in for violating parole after a cocaine overdose sent him to the hospital. He was later ordered to undergo a rehabilitation program.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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