ASPEN, Colo. - Charlie Sheen spent the better part of Christmas Day in a Colorado jail cell after being arrested on domesticviolence allegations.

The 44-year-old actor was taken into custody yesterday morning by officers responding to a 9-1-1 call from a house in this ski- resort town about 200 miles west of Denver.

Sheen, star of CBS' "Two and a Half Men," was taken to the Pitkin County jail and booked for investigation of second-degree assault and menacing, both felonies, along with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, Aspen police spokeswoman Stephanie Dasaro said.

He was released in the late afternoon, after posting $8,500 bond and being advised by a county judge on the conditions of his release, she said.

Dasaro declined to name Sheen's accuser, citing a department policy prohibiting identification of potential victims in domestic-violence cases.

It wasn't immediately known whether Sheen had retained an attorney.

His publicist issued a statement urging against a rush to judgment. "It would benefit everyone not to jump to any conclusion," Stan Rosenfield said.

Sheen is the son of actor Martin Sheen and brother of actor-director Emilio Estevez. He is married to Brooke Mueller Sheen, a real-estate investor who gave birth to the couple's first children, twin boys, in March. They married in May 2008, following Sheen's bitter divorce from actress Denise Richards.

Charlie Sheen's screen credits include "Platoon," "Wall Street" and the "Hot Shots!" movies.