Hollywood Actor Charlie Sheen Slaps Warner Bros. with $100M Lawsuit for Contract Termination

March 11, 2011

Actor Charlie Sheen continued to make Hollywood headlines this week by filing a Los Angeles, California employment lawsuit yesterday against Warner Brothers Studio and Chuck Lorre, the executive producer of Two and a Half Men, a hugely successful television show that has starred Sheen since 2003.

Screen has held the celebrity spotlight in recent months, after rehab and hospital visits led to Two and a Half Men's hiatus in January. Last month, Warner Brothers canceled the hit television comedy for the rest of the season, reportedly after Sheen lashed out at Lorre with public verbal attacks.

According to reports that our San Bernardino County employment attorneys have been following, Sheen was fired on Monday, for committing a felony involving a "moral turpitude" which Warner Brothers claimed in a statement included trashing New York's Plaza Hotel, engaging in cocaine binges, failing to report to set and perform because drug usage, and for hurling recent public insults against the show's creator, Chuck Lorre.

Sheen claims that he has filed his employment lawsuit on behalf of the Two and a Half Men cast and crew, and is asking for $100 million in punitive damages.

The lawsuit states that Sheen's contract termination came from Lorre, in order to serve Lorre's ego and self-interest, making Sheen the scapegoat for his own conduct--taking money away from the dedicated cast and crew of the show by canceling the production. The lawsuit also accuses Warner Brothers and Lorre of breaching his contract, retaliation, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, among other employment charges.

Warner Brothers reportedly claimed that Sheen's contract termination was not about Lorre, rather about Sheen's health issues that rendered him unable to perform his duties for the show.

Charlie Sheen Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre, Hollywood Reporter, March 10, 2011

Sheen Sues Warner Bros. & Lorre for $100 Million, TMZ, March 10, 2011

Warner Bros. To Charlie: Here's Why You're Fired, TMZ, March 7, 2011

Related Web Resources:

California Department of Industrial Relations, (DIR)

Two and a Half Men' Canceled After Charlie Sheen's Latest Rants, Forbes, February 25, 2011

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