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Charlie Sheen's lawsuit vs. Warner Bros.

Charlie Sheen's lawsuit vs. Warner Bros.

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Read the actor's court filing against the producers of 'Two and a Half Men.'
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21.DefendantChuckLorre,oneoftherichestmenintelevisionwhoisworth3hundredsofmillionsofdollars,believeshimselftobesowealthyandpowerfulthathecan4unilaterallydecidetotakemoneyawayfrom
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dedicatedcastandcrewofthepopular5.televisionseries
TwoandaHalfMen
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theSeriesthescapegoatforLorre'sownconduct.72.NotwithstandingthatWarnerBros.andLorrewereabletogeneratemorethana8billiondollarsasaresultofCharlieSheen,thecastandcrewrenderingservicesontheSeries,9LorreandWarnerBros.decidedunilaterallynottopayMr.Sheenortheothercastandthe10crewfortheremainderofthisseason.WeeksbeforeMr.SheenpublicallycriticizedLorre,11WarnerBros..andLorredecidedtocuttheseasonfourweeksshort.BythisComplaint,12CharlieSheenisnot
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rehab,whilehewasthesubjectofsalaciousgossipstoriesafterhehadbeen18accusedoftrashingaNewYorkhotelroom,andevenwhileMr.Sheenfacedalooming19potentialfelonyconviction.Infact,whilethefelonychargeswerependingagainstMr.Sheen20andhewasinrehabdealingwithsubstanceabuseissues,WarnerBros.notonlyhadno21objectiontocontinuingtoworkwithMr.SheenontheSeries,itapproachedMr.Sheentohave22·himenterintoanewcontracttoperformtwoadditionalseasonsoftheSeries.WarnerBros.23enteredintothecontractforMr.SheentoperformtwoadditionalseasonsoftheSeriswhile24felonyandmisdemeanorchargeswerependingagainstMr.Sheen.WarnerBros.evenstated25thatitwouldnotobjecttoMr.Sheenenteringa
guilty
pleaandhavingaconvictedfelonasits26Mondaynightstar,solongasitwouldnotunnecessarilyinterfere
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theproduction27schedule.Noneofthisresulted
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unilaterallydecidednottowritescriptsasrequiredtocompletethe2010120113season'scontemplatedepisodesoftheSeries,Mr.SheendeignedtocriticizeLorre.Warner4Bros.capitulatedtoLone'segotisticaldesiretopunishMr.Sheenandtostopworkonthe5Seriesfortherestoftheseason,anduseditspowerfulpublicrelationsmachinetocreatea6mythtojustifytheirconductbywronglyblamingMr.Sheen.75.ThisactionwasnecessitatedbythewrongfulinterferencewithactorCharlie8Sheen'srighttoperformandreceivecompensationtowhichheiscontractuallyentitledfrom9thepopularprimetimeCBSSeries.SeriesProducerWBStudioEnterprises,Inc.("Warner10Bros.."or"WB")suspendedproductionoftheSeries,andbreachedMr.Sheen'scontractnot11duetoactionsbyMr.SheenasDefendantsaretryingtoclaim,butinordertoplacatethe12massiveegoandselfishdemandsof
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co-creatorandshowrunner,DefendantChuckLorre.13Becauseofhisfinancialleverage
with
WarnerBros.andCBSbyhavingtwootherprofitable14serieswiththem,LorreconvincedWarnerBros..toconspirewithhimandattributethe15suspensionoftheSeriesandterminationofMr.Sheen'scontractonMr.Sheen'salleged16statements,conductandcondition,despitethefactthatMr.Sheenisincompliancewithhis17contractandready,willingandable
to
proceed.Moreover,evenifthestatedgroundsfor18terminating
Mr.
Sheen'scontractactuallyexisted(whichMe.Sheendenies),WarnerBros.'19actionswouldUnderthecircumstancesconstitutewrongfulterminationandunlawfulretaliation20inviolationofCalifornialaw.216.CharlieSheenhasbeenliningLorre'sandWarnerBros.pocketswithwhatwill22
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amounttobillionsofdollarsthroughMr.Sheen'sworkon177episodesontheSeries,andMr.23Sheenhadbeenready,willingandabletooontinuetoworktofinishouttheseason.Although24Mr.SheenwasscheduledtoreturntoworkonFebruary14,2011asrequested,hewas25subsequentlytoldthatnoscriptswereavailableforshooting.Lorreunilaterallydecidednotto26writescriptsasrequiredforthefullorderofcontemplatedepisodesoftheSeries.(CBS27ordered24episodesoftheSeriesforthe201
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IIseason.Mr.Sheenhasbeeninformedthat28byFebruary14,2011,Lorrehaddeliveredonly16episodes.)Indeed,LOITefailedtoworkon
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