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Entertainment Briefs for November 4, 2010

| November 4, 2010 9:00 PM

Sheen files for divorce in LA

LOS ANGELES - Charlie Sheen filed to end his marriage to his third wife Monday and stated in documents that the couple separated the same day as a Christmas 2009 altercation that led to assault charges against the veteran actor.

The divorce came less than a week after the "Two and a Half Men" star was briefly hospitalized in New York City after security at a luxury hotel reported he was being disorderly.

Sheen cited irreconcilable differences for the divorce and indicated in court filings in Los Angeles that the couple have a prenuptial agreement. He and Brooke Mueller Sheen were married in May 2008 and have twin sons together.

He is seeking joint custody, but is asking a judge not to award his wife any spousal support.

Within hours, Brooke Sheen had filed her own petition for divorce, seeking sole custody of the former couple's sons and spousal support. Her filing did not offer any additional details, but also cited Christmas as the date of separation.

The divorce was first reported Monday by People magazine's website.

Sheen, 45, pleaded guilty in Aspen, Colo., in August to misdemeanor third-degree assault after a Christmas Day altercation with Mueller Sheen. He listed the couple's separation date as the date of the fight.

Prosecutors dropped more serious charges and he avoided jail time, instead receiving 30 days in a rehabilitation center, 30 days of probation and 36 hours of anger management.

Mueller Sheen told police the actor threatened to kill her and brandished a knife after she told him she wanted a divorce. Charlie Sheen said the two argued, but he denied threatening her and told police he was upset by the divorce threat.

Last Tuesday, the actor was hospitalized after security at the Plaza Hotel in New York City reported he was disorderly and had broken furniture in his room.

Sheen appeared highly intoxicated when officers arrived at his room around 1:30 a.m., and a woman with him said they had been out drinking and partying that night, according to a law enforcement official.

The woman said Sheen was yelling and tossing furniture when they returned to the room, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the encounter and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Sheen's publicist, Stan Rosenfield, said the actor had an adverse reaction to medication. Sheen was released from the hospital the same day.

Sheen is on a family vacation with ex-wife Denise Richards and the former couple's two children. Their divorce was highly contentious at first but resolved amicably in 2006.

Moore to be guest on White's sitcom

NEW YORK - TV Land is reuniting Mary Tyler Moore with her 1970s sitcom sidekick Betty White.

The network announced Tuesday that Moore will guest star on the second-season premiere of White's hit comedy, "Hot in Cleveland." TV Land says the episode will air in January.

Moore's guest appearance will be the first time she and White have acted on screen together since "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" went off the air more than three decades ago. On that classic sitcom, Moore was an assistant news producer at a TV station, while White played the host of a homemaking show.

On "Hot in Cleveland," White plays a landlady to three eccentric best friends from Los Angeles who move to Cleveland. It also stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick.

Snipes to argue for new tax trial

OCALA, Fla. - Actor Wesley Snipes is heading back to court, hoping to convince a central Florida judge he deserves a new trial because he claims the jury was biased.

U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges will hear arguments Nov. 15.

Snipes argues some jurors decided he was guilty before hearing any evidence and prosecutors hid damaging information about a key witness.

Snipes faces a three-year prison sentence for tax-related crimes. Snipes was found guilty of willfully failing to file federal tax returns.

Defense lawyers say they received e-mails from two jurors who claim that three other members of the jury made up their minds before the 2008 trial began. An e-mail said the verdicts were a compromise.

Snipes has been free on bond while appealing.

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