Charlie and Brooke Mueller Sheen filed requests to ban KUSA-TV, a Denver-based NBC affiliate, from their hearing in an Aspen, Colorado courtroom next week, because televised coverage would “increase the circus-like atmosphere” of the case.
The hearing in question, slated for January 20, will address a mutual goal of both Sheens: to remove a provision in mandatory protection order that bans them from communicating with each other. The couple, their attorneys said, are interested in reconciling.
The Two and a Half Men star's attorney, Richie Cummins, said in court papers filed Tuesday: “As intensely personal as this process is, Charlie Sheen accepts that his status as a celebrity comes with a level of scrutiny in his personal life... he understands that there will be media coverage of this case, and he does not seek to eliminate it.
“He does, however, seek to minimize its impact," Cummins wrote, "so as to protect his right to a fair trial and to preserve for the alleged victim a modicum of privacy during this intensely painful and difficult time.”
The actor was arrested Christmas Day in Aspen, Colorado in connection with two domestic violence-related felony charges and was released after posting the $8,500 bond. He will appear in court February 8 to address the shocking holiday incident.