Charlie Sheen Settles Legal Differences Over Two and a Half Men
Charlie Sheen’s legal conflict over the television show Two and a Half Men has finally ended. The legal dispute that stemmed from the firing of Sheen from the show has now been officially settled between Charlie Sheen, the show’s co-creator Chuck Lorre, and Warner Bros. Television.
Sheen’s legal differences with Lorre and the studio had arisen earlier this year when Warner Bros. Television shut down production of the sitcom to compel Sheen to receive treatment for issues of substance abuse. The studio later fired Sheen after he made public criticism of the studio and Lorre.
None of the parties have commented on the settlement deal, but the Los Angeles Times reported last week that Sheen would be receiving $25 million to settle the issue. A source familiar with the issue said that the amount would be paid from the profits that Sheen was supposed to receive for his work on the show.
The public fight between Warner Bros., Sheen, and Lorre has been among the ugliest seen in recent history. Sheen went on radio and television shows and even began a national tour with the aim of publicly criticizing his old employers and announcing himself a winner.
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For Sheen, settling the dispute and putting the conflict behind him has been critical to secure his future in Hollywood. He is now working on a new sitcom based on the movie Anger Management for Debmar-Mercury, a production company owned by Lions Gate Entertainment. The sitcom has not yet been sold to any network.
Two and a Half Men debuted last week with its new leading man Ashton Kutcher. The debut drew a staggering number of nearly 30 million viewers.