A spokesman for Charlie Sheen announced today that the Two and A Half Men star will take time off to enter a rehabilitation facility “as a preventative measure.” “He has asked that his privacy be honored,” the spokesman said. “No further statements are planned.” It’s unclear how Sheen’s unexpected absence will impact production of CBS’ most-watched comedy. On Feb. 8, Sheen was charged in Colorado with felony menacing, third degree assault, and criminal mischief. The charges are connected to the alleged Christmas Day argument between Sheen and his wife Brooke Mueller. Sheen will return to court for further proceedings on March 15.
UPDATE: CBS and Warner Bros. TV, together with Men executive producer Chuck Lorre, released this joint statement: “CBS, Warner Bros. TV and Chuck Lorre support Charlie Sheen in his decision today to begin voluntary in-patient care at a treatment center. We wish him nothing but the best as he deals with this personal matter. Production on Two and A Half Men will be temporarily suspended.” Men has already taped 18 episodes this season, three of which have yet to air. CBS ordered 24 episodes from Warner Bros. TV.