As he prepares for his crunch court date in Colorado next week hellraiser Charlie Sheen’s former Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss has told RadarOnline.com that she doesn’t believe he’s a violent person.
The Two and a Half Men star splashed-out over $50,000 in call girls being run by Fleiss and testified against her during her 1995 trial.
Fast forward fifteen years and the actor is facing one felony and two misdemeanor charges following his alleged Christmas Day assault on his troubled wife Brooke Mueller.
RadarOnline.com has learned that with a plea bargain unlikely Sheen’s defense will be that the assault never actually took place.
Fleiss told RadarOnline.com: “Look, I wasn’t happy that Charlie testified against me but that came about after the FBI found his traveler’s checks inside my purse.
“The truth is all my girls loved Charlie and I never heard any stories of him being violent towards them – several of them wanted to marry him actually.
“He is a very charismatic guy and people love him – that’s why he is one of the highest paid actors on television.
“I heard some stories of him losing his temper when girls would not leave his house in the past but that’s about it.
“I don’t know the status of his relationship with his current wife but if drugs were involved that could have really changed things.
“The Charlie I knew loved to party and maybe his wife is into that too but he didn’t have a reputation as a violent person back then.
“Despite the fact that he testified against me I hope his court case goes well for him and his wife – I’m sure Charlie will be okay he always seems to land on his feet.”
It’s understood that prosecutors in the case have been trying to interview his former wife Denise Richards plus ex-girlfriends Kelly Preston and Brittany Ashland too as they try and build their case against the millionaire star.
In 1990 Sheen accidentally shot John Travolta’s current wife Preston in the arm while seven years later Brittany Ashland claimed that Sheen threw her onto the kitchen floor and split her lip – he earned a year’s suspended sentence plus two years probation and a $2,800 fine.
In their 2005 divorce Denise Richards accused Sheen of ‘inappropriate behavior’ including gambling, hiring prostitutes and abusing alcohol and drugs.
Since his Christmas Day Colorado arrest he has entered rehab and so has his wife Brooke Mueller.
But Brooke left rehab and is being treated at home, according to her lawyer. She has an addiction to crack and also suffers from alcoholism.
Charlie will be able to use his wife’s problems at trial, sources close to the case told RadarOnline.com.
Brooke told police that Charlie held a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her.
“Charlie is going to contend that everything Brooke told police isn’t true – that she was out of her head, that she was so messed up she didn’t know what was going on,” one source told RadarOnline.com.
The other thing Sheen has going for him is Mueller does not want to cooperate with prosecutors. And while she has to be careful about backing off her story because she could be prosecuted for making false statements to police, she also does not have to cooperate with prosecutors.
Colorado has cracked down on domestic violence cases and won convictions without the testimony of the beaten spouse but this case is more difficult for prosecutors because Mueller’s heavy drug and alcohol usage at the time of the incident will harm her credibility.
Charlie Sheen is due back in Pitkin County Court on Monday, March 15, 2010.