Embattled TV star, Charlie Sheen, is to sue Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre, the executive producer on his former hit TV show, “Two and a Half Men”, for $100 million plus punitive damages, after he was suspended and later fired from the show.
The amount of compensation demanded has only just been released as $100 million, but it was certain to be big. Not only did the show make Charlie Sheen the highest paid actor on American TV, he is also suing on behalf of the rest of the cast and crew in accordance with a “private attorney general’s statute.”
The future of the show is uncertain, with no publicly announced plans to resume production and no replacement for Charlie Sheen named, although a few names have been suggested as possible replacements. So, potentially, this means a significant loss of income for a lot of people.
Sheen’s lawyer, Marty Singer, argued that Chuck Lorre, as one of the richest men in television and personally worth hundreds of millions of dollars, believed he could do as he wanted with the show, messing with the employees’ lives “to punish Mr. Sheen” after the star publicly abused him.
Singer also alleges that Lorre and Warner Bros. conspired to blame Sheen for the show’s cancellation, and that it was decided to cancel the eight remaining episodes on the current season before Sheen criticized Lorre. The lawsuit states how Sheen’s contract was re-negotiated when he was facing possible jail time for felony charges in Aspen. They say the show’s bosses fired Charlie Sheen when he was sick, which violates State and federal law.
Now that should make things interesting!