By LINDA DEUTSCH
AP Special Correspondent
LOS ANGELES — Charlie Sheen’s wife is recovering at a North Carolina wellness center after an infection that nearly took her life, her lawyer said Wednesday.
Yale Galanter said Brooke Sheen, 32, was flown by private plane from Los Angeles after her release from a hospital. He denied Internet reports that she was in drug or alcohol rehab.
Brooke Sheen was “mentally and physically exhausted” when she left the hospital and her mother arranged for her to go to a place that will help her recover, Galanter said. He refused to name the facility and said it will not be made public. Galanter described it as a wellness center with an emphasis on spiritual and physical healing with yoga and healthy food.
“She’s definitely not in a place for drug or alcohol rehabilitation,” he said.
Brooke Sheen has been through numerous ordeals since Christmas Day, when a domestic disturbance at the Sheens’ Aspen home propelled them into headlines, Galanter said.
“Since Dec. 25, she’s been assaulted by her husband and had a knife put to her throat, decided to reconcile with her husband, which the court prevented, delayed having oral surgery because of a scheduled court hearing and then developed an infection that spread to her blood stream,” he said. “She developed pneumonia and she almost lost her life.”
During her seven-day stay at a hospital in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, Brooke Sheen was in intensive care for several days. “She’s been through a lot,” said Galanter.
He said Brooke Sheen’s mother is very protective of her daughter and wanted her to go to a quiet place to convalesce where she would not be hounded by the press. Doctors recommended the North Carolina location, Galanter said.
The only reason the geographical location became known, he said, was that the pilot of the plane sold a story to a tabloid Web site.
“We’re going to be looking into that,” Galanter said.
The Sheens are scheduled for a court hearing in Aspen on Feb. 8. Charlie Sheen is to be arraigned on domestic violence charges and his wife is seeking modification of an order that prevents them from communicating with each other. She has said they love each other and want to reconcile.
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