Charlie Sheen, Warner Bros. Reach a Settlement Over Two and a Half Men Dispute
Charlie Sheen, Warner Bros. Television and Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre have reached a settlement over the actor's $100 million lawsuit against the studio, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
"Warner Bros. Television, Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen have resolved their dispute to the parties' mutual satisfaction," the studio said in a statement. "The pending lawsuit and arbitration will be dismissed as to all parties. The parties have agreed to maintain confidentiality over the terms of the settlement."
While details of the settlement were not released, the former Two and a Half Men star will reportedly get roughly $25 million to settle out of his contract, which represents Sheen's participation in profits from the show, according to L.A. Times, who initially reported on the near-resolution of the settlement. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the terms of the settlement include Sheen dropping all of his legal claims.
Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Men after numerous and lengthy rants against series executive producer Chuck Lorre, Warner Bros. and CBS when the show failed to resume production after a hiatus was taken for Sheen to enter rehab. The 45-year-old actor filed suit 10 days after he was fired.
In the suit, Sheen claimed he was fired from Men because he criticized the show's producers. "Defendant Chuck Lorre, one of the richest men in television who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, believes himself so wealthy and powerful that he can unilaterally decide to take money away from the dedicated cast and crew," the lawsuit states.
Sheen also claimed that it was only after he began publicly criticizing Lorre and Warner Bros. that the studio decided to terminate the actor's services for "breach of contract." Sheen also blamed his former boss for "humiliating, harassing, and disparaging" him for years.
Recently, Sheen has been backtracking on his rants. Appearing on Today, the actor told Matt Lauer "there are portions of it I would have amended a little bit." He also told Tonight Show's Jay Leno that he was "absolutely" out of control and he would've fired himself as well. "Well, maybe not like they did," he added. Even on the Emmys, Sheen offered his best wishes to his replacement Ashton Kutcher and the rest of the cast of Men on the new season.
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