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Monitor: Charlie Sheen checks into rehab

Plus Hilary Duff, Sean Penn, and more stars making news the week of Feb. 28, 2010

ENGAGED
Hilary Duff, 22, and hockey player Mike Comrie, 29, got engaged Valentine’s weekend in Hawaii.

BIRTHS
Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi, 39, gave birth to daughter Krishna Thea on Feb. 20 in NYC. The baby’s father has not been named.

SPLIT
Ryan Phillippe, 35, and Abbie Cornish, 27, who met in 2007, have called it quits.

ARRESTED
Deadliest Catch star Jake Harris, 24 — son of the late Capt. Phil Harris — was arrested Feb. 18 on drunk-driving and hit-and-run charges after crashing his car in Seattle. He was released on $2,000 bail two days later.

MISSING
Andrew Koenig, 41, best known for playing Boner on the ’80s sitcom Growing Pains, has been missing since Feb. 16, according to the Vancouver police department. (The actor, who was battling depression, disappeared while visiting friends.) ”Andrew, if you’re reading this, please call me,” Pains costar Kirk Cameron said in a statement, joining a chorus of celeb pals pulling for Koenig’s safe return. ”I’m praying for you, pal.”

COURTS
Sean Penn, 49, was charged with vandalism and battery Feb. 22 in L.A. (The misdemeanor charges stem from an Oct. 12 altercation with a photographer in Brentwood, Calif.) The actor is due back in court March 22.
With additional reporting by Stewart Allen


BIRTHDAYS
Elizabeth Taylor, 78
Feb. 27

Justin Bieber, 16
March 1

Ke$ha, 23
March 1

Daniel Craig, 42
March 2

Jessica Biel, 28
March 3


Charlie Checks Into Rehab, Out of Two and a Half Men
Production on Two and a Half Men was suspended last week after Charlie Sheen announced plans to check himself into a rehabilitation facility ”as a preventative measure,” Sheen’s publicist, Stan Rosenfield, said in a Feb. 23 statement. ”He asked that his privacy be honored.” Then again, it’s not as if the 44-year-old actor has much left to hide. In December, Sheen made headlines after a Christmas Day fight with wife Brooke Mueller, 32, at their holiday retreat in Aspen. That led to a one-day stay in a Colorado pokey and charges of felony menacing, third-degree assault, and criminal mischief; Sheen will return to court March 15. (Mueller, mother of Sheen’s 11-month-old twins, has also checked into rehab — twice, actually — since the incident.) It’s unclear when production on CBS’ most watched comedy will resume, but the network does have three unaired episodes in the can, which should help tide it over until the embattled star returns. ”CBS, Warner Bros. TV, and [executive producer] Chuck Lorre support Charlie Sheen in his decision today to begin voluntary in-patient care at a treatment center,” execs said in a joint statement. ”We wish him nothing but the best as he deals with this personal matter.”
Lynette Rice