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Actor Charlie Sheen pleads not guilty

March 15, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Charlie Sheen has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges stemming from an incident with his wife in Colorado.Sheen was surrounded by his legal team and his publicist Monday as they walked into Pitkin County District Court in Colorado.

The "Two and a Half Men" actor appeared upbeat and flashed a peace sign at the press as he made his way into the building for his arraignment.

Sheen pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges stemming from a Christmas Day incident with his wife Brooke Mueller.

The actor is accused of holding a knife to his wife's throat and threatening to kill her while they were vacationing in Aspen.

Last month Sheen voluntarily entered an unspecified rehab facility. His publicist called it a "preventive measure," but didn't say why Sheen sought treatment. He's charged with menacing, criminal mischief and assault.

Sheen has denied the allegations. After the actor's court appearance on Monday, his publicist and the executive producer of "Two and a Half Men" spoke to reporters briefly.

"Charlie looks forward to the trial to clear his name," said publicist Stan Rosenfield. "It was very quick. The judge came in and asked a few questions. There were a couple of dates that were entered in by the judge for the pre-trial hearing, and things of that nature. A date was agreed upon for the trial. He pleaded not guilty on all counts."

A trial is scheduled July 21.