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Hollywood Star Charlie Sheen and Warner Brothers Settle Multimillion Dollar Lawsuit

September 30, 2011

In a recent Los Angeles, California employment lawyers blog, our attorneys discussed the Los Angeles employment lawsuit filed by television and movie star Charlie Sheen against Warner Brothers Studio and Chuck Lorre, the Executive Producer of the popular television series Two and a Half Men, that featured Sheen as a central character until this spring.

According to news reports from last week, Sheen and Warner Brothers are finalizing the multimillion-dollar settlement that will end the very public battle that has continued over the past few months--after Sheen hurled public insults against Lorre for being fired from the show, leading to the cancellation of Two and a Half Men for the rest of the season.

Warner Brothers stated that Sheen's contract was terminated after health issues led to his inability to perform his duties as a performer for the show. He was reportedly fired in March for his failure to report to set and perform due to drug usage, for trashing a hotel room, and for his public statements against Chuck Lorre.

Sheen sued Warner Brothers and Lorre in March of this year, claiming that his television contract termination came from Lorre in order to serve Lorre's self-interest and ego--and accused Lorre of breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, retaliation and other employment charges. The lawsuit asked for $100 million in punitive damages.

Although Warner Brothers has not released details of the settlement, the Los Angeles Times states that the employment lawsuit settlement dollar amount would be an initial payout of $25 million which according to US Magazine would lead to around $100 million in profits from syndication over the next ten years.

Since being fired from the show, Sheen has been touring with a one man show called Torpedo of Truth, and promoting his show comedy roast on Comedy Central. Recently Sheen has taken back his comments made about Lorre and Warner Brothers, most recently on the Emmy Awards telecast, wishing the cast and studio the best for a newly configured casting of the show, including Ashton Kutcher in a new role. It has also been announced that Sheen will return to television remaking the film Anger Management in to a television series, starring Sheen as a central character.

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Charlie Sheen Close to Settling 'Two and a Half Men' Legal Case; Will Be Paid Millions, The Hollywood Reporter, September 19, 2011

Charlie Sheen Gets $100 million Settlement, US Magazine, September 19, 2011

Sheen, Warner close to settling, Los Angeles Times, September 20, 2011

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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