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Charlie Sheen filed a $100 million lawsuit Thursday against “Two and a Half Men” creator Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros.
Sheen is demanding to be paid for the eight canceled episodes for this season, according to details first obtained by TMZ. He’s also suing on behalf of the CBS sitcom’s crew and is asking for punitive damages, in addition to the $100M.
Team Sheen alleges there was a “conspiracy” against Charlie to “punish” him and make him the “scapegoat” for the turmoil behind the show. Sheen’s attorney Marty Singer writes in the suit:
“Chuck Lorre, one of the richest men in television who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, believes himself to be so wealthy and powerful that he can unilaterally decide to take money away from the dedicated cast and crew of the popular television series, ‘Two and a Half Men,’ in order to serve his own ego and self-interest, and make the star of the Series the scapegoat for Lorre’s own conduct.”
Singer also makes several other allegations in the legal documents, such as suggesting that the decision to cancel the remainder of the current eighth season was made before Sheen lashed out at Lorre, allegedly because Lorre hates Sheen and because he wanted to use the time to work on is other shows ["The Big Bang Theory" and "Mike & Molly"].
Sheen’s camp also points out that Warner Bros. was fine with renegotiating Sheen’s mega-contract last year when he was facing domestic abuse felony charges, but then fired the actor for “morality” reasons after the highly publicized boss-bashing media blitzes. The suit claims that firing the actor while he was “sick” is in violation of state and federal law.
Lorre responded to the accusations Thursday in a statement via his attorney Howard Weitzman, who told The Hollywood Reporter, “The allegations in the complaint against Mr. Lorre are as recklessly false and unwarranted as Mr. Sheen’s rantings in the media. The accusations are simply imaginary.”
He also added Sheen’s actions are motivated by money: “This lawsuit is about a fantasy ‘lottery’ pay-day for Charlie Sheen … Chuck Lorre’s concern has been and continues to be about Mr. Sheen’s health.”
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