Over the years, Charlie Sheen has gotten himself into two and a half times more messes than even the most free-wheeling celebs.
The actor spent the better part of Christmas Day in a Colorado jail, thanks to an arrest on domestic violence charges. Sheen's latest wife, Brooke Mueller, called 911 from their vacation home in Aspen, Colo., after the two of them apparently fought through Christmas Eve. In the call, Mueller alleges that Sheen pulled a knife and threatened her.
It's the latest in a long line of scandals for the "Two and a Half Men" star. Below, check out the details behind his most recent arrest and his four other infamous flubs.
While many Christmas mornings involve hot chocolate and piles of wrapping paper, this Dec. 25, Sheen landed himself in hot water and added to his rap sheet. The 44-year-old actor getting booked at 11:20 a.m. for second-degree assault, menacing and criminal mischief after Mueller, 32, called 911 around 8 a.m.
People magazine reported that alcohol and the couple's past history of alcohol abuse led to a Christmas eve spat that turned ugly during the early hours of Dec. 25. In the 911 call recording, Mueller tearfully chokes, "My husband had me with a knife. I was scared for my life and he threatened me." She describes the knife as a "switchblade."
When the 911 operator asks for her name, Mueller says, "Brooke" quietly. When asked her husband's name she waits before admitting "It's Charlie Sheen," and starts crying.
Sheen posted an $8,500 bond Friday night and was released from jail that evening. He's due in court Feb. 8, 2010. Sheen returned to Los Angeles after leaving jail while Mueller and the couple's 9-month-old twin boys remain in Aspen.
But Sheen and Mueller aren't splitting up yet, according to Sheen's attorney. "They have two children together and they love one another," Richard Cummins told media outlets Saturday. "And they're going to work through what is a difficult time and they're going to do that together and as privately as possible." According to Radar Online, the two may also check into rehab together.
ABCNews.com's e-mails to Sheen's representatives requesting further comment were not immediately returned.
The actor's reported blowout with Mueller isn't the first time his marital fights have turned public. The years-long back-and-forth between Sheen and his second ex-wife, Denise Richards, made their divorce the subject of tabloid headlines long after their four-year marriage officially ended in 2006. The faux pas that took the cake came in June 2008, when Richards released a three-year-old, expletive-laced voice message from Sheen. The highlight: a curse-filled rant from Sheen calling his ex-wife -- and the mother of their two daughters, Sam and Lola, -- a "f***ing c**t" and a "f***ing n****r." Sheen followed up by releasing an apology for what he called his "choice of words."
Sheen's lady problems extend beyond his wives. In 1993, Heidi Fleiss, nicknamed the Hollywood Madam for the services she provided some of the industry's biggest names, was arrested in an undercover sting operation that unveiled her client list. Sheen's was the most notable name on her roster. At Fleiss' 1995 federal trial, Sheen admitted in videotaped testimony that he ordered her call girls at least 27 times, running up a tab of more than $50,000.