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Sheen Strikes Back, Says Wife Made Up Story Out Of Anger

Dec. 26 2009, Published 5:05 a.m. ET

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Charlie Sheen is not going down for the count.  The sitcom star is telling friends wife Brooke Mueller grossly "exaggerated" their fight when she called 911 Christmas morning.

Brooke Mueller Claimed Charlie Sheen Choked Her

She was angry at her husband of less than two years, and "wanted to teach him a lesson by calling the cops," a source told

Within hours, Brooke had already changed her story with the Aspen police, several sources have told us.

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Sheen's version of events is that they were arguing about Brooke's drinking with Charlie standing firm that the mother of his twins had been partying too much.  Brooke went postal at the idea that her husband was critical of her mothering skills.

The Sheens Had Been Drinking Before Their Argument

Now Team Charlie would like to see it all over as quickly as possible.  "These two people should never have gotten married in the first place," the source said.  "But they did and they have two children to think of.  They should wind this up as fast and as quietly as possible."

Sheen is the highest-paid actor on TV, taking in $20 million a year for Two and a Half Men, plus many millions more in syndication fees.

If they split now, Brooke will walk away with less than $1 million for herself, plus child support.  She'll not have a piece of Charlie's sitcom cash, something that has made his former spouse Denise Richards extremely wealthy.

Brooke's version of the confrontation and aftermath is quite different, of course.  She's told friends Charlie had also been drinking, and she was "pressured" by his people to change her story.

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Team Brooke is saying she is feeling overwhelmed by Charlie's peeps who immediately went on damage control and are desperately trying to salvage his image.

Whether the marriage survives is another matter, her friends say, but Brooke is not the bad wife, bad mother, overall crazy woman the Sheen camp is making her out to be.  She would not have called the police if she didn't believe she was in serious danger.

Sheen's Wife Is Talking Divorce

The Aspen Police Department plans to release the 911 call on Monday as well as other details surrounding the arrest.



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