Does Charlie Sheen’s Bad Behavior Get a Pass?

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Charlie Sheen sure has hit the fast forward button on his downward spiral of shame in the last week. He has said he’s high on a drug called “Charlie Sheen,” claimed he cured his own addiction, ranted about the creator of his CBS show “Two and a Half Men,” caused said show to go on an indefinite hiatus, and this morning appeared on Good Morning America saying he’d need a $1 million raise to return to the sitcom. Clearly, Sheen has more troubles than he can handle alone. But why was his bad behavior ignored for so long? Money. Sheen is a prime example of the double standard that exists for money-generating, misbehaving celebrities.

In 2009, Sheen assaulted his then-wife Brooke Mueller on Christmas Day, holding a knife to her throat and saying, “If you tell anyone, I’ll kill you.” He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in the domestic violence case in 2010 and was sentenced to 30 days in rehab, 36 hours of domestic violence counseling, and 90 days probation. Yes, you read that right. Sheen received no jail time, even though this incident wasn’t his first assault against a woman. In June 1997, he pleaded guilty to smashing his ex-girlfriend Brittany Ashland’s face into the floor. [Head to Uptown for more.]