Actor Charlie Sheen has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Warner Bros. and the executive producer of the television show “Two and a Half Men.”
According to court documents, the actor is seeking more than $100 million in lost wages for the show’s cast and crew. The lawsuit claims production was halted on the CBS sitcom in part to punish Sheen for recent behavior that has included two hospitalizations and a series of interviews in which he attacked executive producer Chuck Lorre. Sheens attorney, Martin Singer, say most of the incidents cited by Warner Bros. for firing Sheen occurred before his tirades against Lorre began.
“The suspension and termination of Mr. Sheen occurred only after Mr. Sheen had finally been provoked into criticizing Lorre in response to his harassment and disparagement campaign which had been going on for years,” Singer wrote in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre conspired to blame Sheen for causing production to stop.
The termination letter cited concerns about Sheens health. Singer says it would be illegal for the studio to fire his client for the physical and mental issues described in the letter. “We’re saying he was ready, willing and able to work,” Singer said. “He could have worked.”
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