Is Charlie Sheen Crazy or Crazy Like a Fox?

03/11/2011

If you are like me, you're following the antics and very public meltdown of Charlie Sheen which seems to make news headlines every day.  It is sad to watch, but it is kinda like passing by a car accident.  You know you shouldn't look, you feel bad for looking, but you look anyway.

For those who have not followed all the headlines, Warner Bros. recently fired Charlie Sheen from the hit T.V. show "Two and a Half Men."  When he was fired, Charlie ranted that he was going to sue Warner Bros. for "bazillions" in damages.  I don't know how much a "bazillion" is, but it seems like a lot. 

Turns out, Charlie was exaggerating a bit.  He recently filed a lawsuit against Warner Bros. and "Two and a Half Men" producer Chuck Lorre.  Instead of seeking a "bazillion," Charlie is only asking for $100 million in damages.   He is also asking for wages for unpaid cast and crew members under a private attorney general law because when Charlie was unable to work, the show shut down for the rest of the season.

Charlie's lawsuit claims breach of contract and failure to accommodate “alleged” medical disabilities under California employment law. Other causes of action include interference with prospective economic advantage and contractual relations, breach of the implied covenant of good faith, and retaliation.

Interestingly, the complaint doesn’t concede that Charlie has mental issues (which most everyone else thinks he has). Instead it says Warner Bros. apparently believed he had mental health issues, based on medical experts’ observations that he was in a “manic” or “bipolar” state.  Despite that opinion, Warner Bros. refused to accommodate the “alleged physical and medical disabilities,” and producer Chuck Lorre made derogatory comments about Charlie's condition.

The suit states that Warner Bros. was “quite happy to line its coffers” when Charlie was being treated in rehab, accused of trashing a New York hotel room and facing a potential felony conviction. However, the suit alleges, the studio “capitulated to Lorre’s egotistical desire to punish Mr. Sheen” after the actor criticized the Lorre, who, according to Charlie, had been harassing and humiliating him for years.

It will be interesting to see where this suit goes, but every time Charlie opens his mouth, he hurts his case.

If any one wants to read the lawsuit, click here.