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Charlie Sheen under police investigation

The investigation marks the 50-year-olds latest brush with the law Credit: Reuters

Charlie Sheen has been made the subject of a criminal investigation by the Los Angeles police "threat management" squad, an LA police spokesman has said.

Officer Mike Lopez said a complaint had been lodged on March 31 against the actor, best known for his role in hit comedy 'Two and a Half Men', but declined to provide further details.

The investigation marks the latest upset for the hard-living 50-year-old who, last year acknowledged he had been diagnosed as HIV-positive four years earlier and was being extorted for more than $10 million to keep the diagnosis quiet.

A lawyer for Sheen could not immediately be reached for comment.