MALIBU, Calif., Aug. 10 -- A judge has ordered Charlie Sheen back on probation after the actor admitted he used drugs in violation of the probation he received for battering his former girlfriend. Malibu Judge Lawrence Mira reinstated Sheen's probation, which will now run through June 2000, and ordered him to continue a drug rehabilitation program and not to possess or use illegal drugs or alcohol.
After a drug overdose left him hospitalized for several days in May, Sheen was arrested for violating the probationary sentence he received in June 1997 for pleading no contest to one misdemeanor count of battery for attacking his ex-girlfriend, Brittany Ashland. Ashland's attorney, Gloria Allred, asked the judge to sentence Sheen to a one-year jail term that had earlier been suspended. But the judge agreed with prosecutor Marty Herscovitz, who said probation would be a better alternative for Sheen because 'incentives are there for him to behave and get treatment.' Outside court, Sheen told reporters, 'I'd like to thank my fans and my family and my friends for all their continued support. I'm in a much better place these days. It's nice to have my health back. And I'm really looking forward to getting back to work, so the next time we do this it's about a movie and not anything else.' Sheen, the son of actor Martin Sheen and younger brother of actor Emilio Estevez, is best known for his work in the movies 'Platoon,' 'Wall Street,' 'Major League' and 'Hot Shots.' ---
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