Charlie Sheen’s $100 Million Claim

The fiasco of everything Charlie Sheen could only properly culminate in a lawsuit.

A breach of contract claim was filed today in Los Angeles by entertainment law firm Lavely & Singer for $100 million against Warner Bros. (WB Studio Enterprises, Inc.) and Hollywood executive producer Chuck Lorre.

A summary of the claim is available at The Globe.

The first dozen pages of the Statement of Claim are worth reading, and begins in the opening paragraph with,

1. Defendant 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 (the “Series”) in order to serve his own ego and self-interest and make the star of the Series the scapegoat for Lorre’s own conduct.

Beyond the breach of contract, there are paragraphs of particular interest around Sheen’s alleged “condition” and a failure to accommodate in violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act,

78. …Rather than accommodate Mr. Sheen for Warner Bros. claim that Mr. Sheen has alleged physical and mental disabilities, WB instead terminated Mr. Sheen’s employment agreement.”


  1. The NYT quotes Bryan Garner:

    “I have no doubt that his name will spawn one or more meanings besides getting drunk,” said Bryan A. Garner, a language expert and the editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary.

    Indeed, Mr. Garner came up with a definition of his own. “To ‘pull a Sheen’ could mean to ridiculously try to defend oneself in the public media,” he offered.

  2. yeah, his conduct is going to put a new sheen on things. Still, let us not forget that an obsolete meaning of “sheen” is “beautiful” or “resplendent”. (Given that the network has made Sheen obsolete, at least for the TV show.)