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Sheen told he must be in court for knife case

Actor Charlie Sheen must appear in person at a hearing over allegations that he threatened his wife with a knife.

Pitkin County chief deputy district attorney Arnold Mordkin said the judge denied a request by the actor's lawyers that he should be allowed to participate by phone in the hearing in Aspen on February 8.

Mr Mordkin said prosecutors did not take a position on the request.

Sheen (44) was arrested in Aspen on Christmas Day on suspicion of felony menacing, domestic violence and other charges.

His wife Brooke told police he put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her. Sheen denies threatening his wife with a knife.

Lawyers for both husband and wife say they want to try to reconcile.

The actor stars in Two And A Half Men on CBS.

Yesterday US clothing firm Hanesbrands announced it was ending its advertising campaign featuring Sheen following the charges.

Company spokesman Matt Hall said it was a "pretty standard, straightforward call" by the brand marketing team given the allegations. Mr Hall said Sheen would not have been retained when his contract expired this year.