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After spending most of Christmas day in jail, Charlie Sheen was released at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Two and a Half Men star posted an $8,500 bond, after being arrested earlier that morning on domestic violence charges.
"They were fighting at a dinner in a friend’s house and it continued until the next morning," a source close to the actor's wife Brooke Mueller tells PEOPLE. "Both of them were drinking and neither was supposed to be. They both have histories of alcohol abuse and have made every effort to stop. But things got out of hand."
Sheen was booked for second-degree assault, menacing and criminal mischief, and spent almost eight hours in a Colorado jail. After his release, he headed back home -- without Brooke.
"Charlie went right back to Los Angeles after he was released from jail," the source tells PEOPLE. "Both he and Brooke will undergo counseling and Charlie will get anger management counseling."
Earlier reports said that the couple, who are parents to twin boys, Bob and Max, 9 months, had been having marital troubles for months -- and that they were even separated for a while. But a source close to the couple says they were solid leading up to the Christmas morning altercation.
"Brooke and Charlie have never been separated," the insider told PEOPLE. "And the boys are fine – so precious. They knew nothing about a fight between their parents."
"They have two children together and they love one another and they’re going to work through what is a difficult time and they’re going to do that together and as privately as possible," Sheen's Colorado-based lawyer Richard Cummins added to PEOPLE.
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