CHARLIE Sheen's court hearing was postponed yesterday.
The Two and a Half Men star was scheduled to appear in Pitkin county court, where he was expected to plead guilty to third-degree misdemeanour assault - relating to an incident with wife Brooke Mueller on Christmas Day last year - but his plea bargain deal hit a "snag" at the last minute.
Pitkin county district attorney Arnold Mordkin said: "We've hit a snag. We need more time than is available for us to complete some of the finer points of the plea deal."
Under the terms of his plea bargain deal, Sheen was expected to serve a 30-day sentence and be given work release to work with the Aspen Theatre in the day time.
However, gossip website TMZ claim Beverly Campbell, Pitkin county's jail administrative officer, objected to the deal, claiming the actor should not be eligible for work release, but instead be allowed out of prison to do Useful Public Service (UPS).
Under UPS, Sheen would be released between 10am and 4pm - compared with the 8am to 8pm on work release - and have no right to eat, drink sodas, or smoke while working. He would also be required to undertake a longer period of probation after leaving jail.
Lawyers acting for the 44-year-old star - who has 15-month-old twin sons Bob and Max with Brooke - refused to agree to the new terms, causing the hearing to be delayed. A new hearing will now take place on July 12. - Bang