Expect another boost to the Aspen economy, as the celebrity press parachutes into town to see Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen's court appearance there this afternoon.
At this writing, rumor has it that a plea deal is near, as is a possible run-in with spotlight-loving attorney Gloria Allred.
That's the word in separate TMZ posts about Sheen, who was belatedly charged with domestic violence for allegedly threatening and assaulting wife Brooke Mueller on Christmas Day.
The first item from TMZ says an agreement is still being "hammered out," but the deal isn't expected to prevent Sheen from taping any episodes of his CBS sitcom -- which would be more significant if the show hadn't stopped being funny about three years ago.
As for the second piece, it says attorney Allred will be in Aspen today, too, for an expected post-hearing news conference co-starring Valerie McFarlane, "who was fired from the Aspen PD because she allegedly gave 'favorable treatment' to a reporter working on the story... [and] reportedly used her position to get free concert tickets," TMZ notes.
The Sheen court cameo is currently slated for 4 p.m. our time. If it happens, there's the potential for blackouts statewide as the satellite trucks suck up every bit of energy available. Plan accordingly.
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