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Sheen wife op delays court hearing

A hearing to determine whether to modify a court order preventing Charlie Sheen and his wife from contacting each other in the actor's domestic violence case has been postponed until Friday.

The court in Aspen, Colorado, was told Brooke Sheen had undergone surgery for a mouth infection.

Her lawyer, Yale Galanter, asked the court in Aspen, Colorado, to allow her to participate in the planned hearing by telephone because of the surgery.

Pitkin County District Court Judge James Boyd denied the motion but rescheduled the hearing for 10am on Friday.

Police in the ski resort town about 200 miles west of Denver arrested Charlie Sheen, who stars in the CBS comedy Two And A Half Men, on Christmas Day for felony menacing, second-degree assault and criminal mischief.

A police officer's arrest affidavit quoted Brooke Sheen as saying the actor, 44, had pinned her on a bed while holding a knife to her throat and telling her that she "better be in fear".

The officer said she reported her husband also told her that he could hire ex-police "who know how to get the job done and they won't leave any trace".

Sheen denies threatening his wife. His initial court appearance on the charges is scheduled for February 8.

Both Sheen and his wife are expected to ask the judge on Friday to throw out or revise a protection order that prevents the couple from contacting each other. Prosecutors have opposed the request.

Sheen was preparing to leave Los Angeles for Aspen for the hearing when he learned it was postponed, said his agent, Stan Rosenfield. He will appear on Friday.

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