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Actor Charlie Sheen enters rehab

Charlie Sheen has entered rehab and is taking a break from US television's top-rated comedy Two And A Half Men.

"As a preventative measure, Charlie Sheen has entered a rehabilitation facility," his publicist Stan Rosenfield wrote in a four-sentence statement that did not specify why the actor was seeking treatment.

The statement sought privacy for the embattled 44-year-old actor.

The move comes around two months after Sheen was arrested after a fight with his wife at his Aspen, Colorado, home.

Prosecutors later charged the actor with felony menacing and misdemeanour charges of third-degree assault and criminal mischief. The most serious charge carries a maximum three-year prison term.

Sheen's wife, Brooke, is also in rehab seeking treatment for an undisclosed reason, her attorney Yale Galanter said on Monday. She is still asking that the charges be dismissed, he said.

Mr Galanter and Mr Rosenfield confirmed that Los Angeles child protective services workers visited the actor and the couple's infant sons over the weekend. Mr Galanter and Mr Rosenfield said it was a routine, previously scheduled visit, related to the Aspen court case.

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