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Sheen's family considering conservatorship?

February 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Charlie Sheen is the number one figure in "Two and a Half Men," a hit TV show that employs a crew of 300.

The production of the show is on hold because of the actor's return to rehab.

Their hiatus has no end in sight. Sheen declined to enter a formal rehab facility and his family reportedly has considered asking a judge to appoint a conservator.

Attorney Andrew Wallet is a co-conservator for Britney Spears, whose behavior at one time put her children at risk.

He said in order for the court to grant the conservatorship, Sheen's friends and family would have to show he cannot care for himself.

"Some people have severe addictions but they can function fairly highly," Wallet said. "They are still working, driving cars, feeding themselves and paying their bills. That person is not going to be a candidate for conservatorship just because they have severe addictions."

Sheen's troubled history goes back 15 years. His time in rehab was followed by relapses and arrests.

There are now widespread reports of a binge that lasted for days, leading to a 911 call. The 45-year-old actor was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Thursday morning complaining of abdominal pains.

But the hiatus for Sheen's show was extended. He is now in a self-styled rehab at his own home.

His manager and co-producer of the show told People magazine, "Charlie has put together a team that he trusts to help get him sober once and for all."

Two other CBS sitcoms will fill the programming gap.