Charlie Sheen is currently suing his former employer, Warner Bros., because he says he was wrongfully fired from television’s top comedy, “Two and a Half Men.” Sheen was fired after publicly ranting against his employers and going through personal problems that his bosses say were interfering with his work.
Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Esq., the case seems to be headed for private arbitration, something Sheen does not want. JAMS, the private dispute-resolution company named in Sheen’s employment contract, has decided that an arbitrator should preside over the employment dispute.
Sheen would like his lawsuit to be decided by a jury during a public trial. According to THR, Esq., juries tend to side with celebrities, even if they have been behaving erratically. The question comes down to Sheen’s employment contract and whether or not Sheen’s lawsuit fits under the arbitration clause in his contract.
Sheen’s attorney argues that the lawsuit covers issues that are not included in the arbitration clause. The contract is also between Sheen and Warner Bros., so Sheen’s attorney argues that the required arbitration does not extend to disputes between Sheen and the show’s co-creator, Chuck Lorre. In addition, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the cast and crew of “Two and a Half Men,” and Sheen’s attorney argues that they are not included in the arbitration clause.
Sheen’s attorney says that he can see why Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre would want to keep the facts private, because it will be seen that his client should not have been fired. According to THR, Esq., Sheen’s side will likely ask a judge to stop the arbitration process if JAMS does not reverse its decision.
Charlie Sheen Suffers Setback in Legal Battle With Warner Bros., Chuck Lorre (Exclusive) (The Hollywood Reporter, Esq.)