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.