Sheen was arrested on Christmas Day (25Dec09) after a bust-up with wife Brooke Mueller. He was charged with third-degree assault, menacing, and criminal mischief, and is back in court in Colorado on Monday (15Mar10).
He has since undergone treatment at a recovery facility as a “preventative measure”, while his wife also went into rehab.
But Arnold, who has battled drink and drugs since he was a teenager and is now celebrating 20 years of sobriety, insists he finds it hard to believe Sheen could be violent towards Mueller.
He tells Larry King, “Addiction – being drunk could lead to violence. It can. I’m not saying it was Charlie. I love Charlie. I know Charlie. I don’t believe anything that I’ve read about what happened with Charlie. You know, I think he’s been open about he and his father, about his situation. I know he’s worked real hard on it. I’ve never heard any of the violence attached to it.
“That’s the thing. If you’re like me, and people know you were once a drug addict – they can Google my name – they can accuse me of anything… It doesn’t matter. You are a target. Charlie Sheen is a very good target.”
In 1998, Sheen fell out with his actor father Martin after he reported the star for violating his parole. Sheen was on two years probation for attacking a girlfriend when he allegedly overdosed after injecting cocaine.