Charlie Sheen's $100 million lawsuit over his firing from "Two and a Half Men" will be sent to a private arbitrator, who will decide how the case will proceed, and will not go to trial, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday, June 15.
The 45-year-old actor filed his lawsuit in March, days after he was axed from the hit CBS comedy series following a slew of erratic on-air ramblings against the show's producers and co-creator Chuck Lorre. During his rants, Sheen coined what would become catchphrases among his fans, namely "Duh, winning!" and "Tiger Blood."
"The court made the appropriate ruling in denying Mr. Sheen's request to stay the arbitration in referring his lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre to arbitration as his contract calls for," Lorre's lawyer said in a statement to OnTheRedCarpet.com on Wednesday. " This matter will now proceed in an orderly fashion as the parties agreed to."
Sheen's lawyer said: "The papers to be submitted to the arbitrator will be the same as the ones that have been submitted to the court. They will be given to the arbitrator within a few days, and we expect him to make a decision hopefully in the next couple of weeks."
Lorre and the program's production company, Warner Bros., were ordered by the court to file a status report of the proceedings before the arbitrator on or before Nov. 30. and the case is set to be reviewed two days later, according to legal documents obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Production on "Two and a Half Men" was suspended in January after Sheen underwent rehab for drug and alcohol addiction and halted in February after he insulted Lorre during a radio interview.
Sheen had said in subsequent interviews that he was sober. Warner Bros. Television said in its firing letter that the actor had "been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill." Sheen called his firing "illegal."
He said in his lawsuit that Lorre humiliated, harassed and disparaged him publicly and that "Warner Bros. capitulated to Lorre's egotistical desire to punish Mr. Sheen and to stop work on the series for the rest of the season."
He also says Lorre "unilaterally" decided to stop writing scripts for the show in mid-February, weeks after production was suspended following Sheen's rehab stint.
Lorre's lawyer said Sheen's allegations against his client were "recklessly false." Sheen also says that Warner Bros. and Lorre made more than $1 billion off of him, the cast and crew rendering services on the show. Sheen, formerly the highest-paid actor on television, reportedly earned $1.25 million for each episode.
"Can you smell the carnage you created?" Sheen said to Lorre in a webcast that was posted online on the day after his firing. "Can you smell it, Chuck? It smells like malaria. If 'Sad' and 'Stupid' had a foul odor attached, it would be you, (expletive) Borre. You gotta hate that your stage name rhymes with 'Suck.' You picked a fight with a warlock, you little worm."
"Two and a Half Men" premiered in 2003. Sheen played party-loving womanizer Charlie Harper and Jon Cryer was cast as his character's straight-edge brother. Ashton Kutcher was cast on the show in May - which he compared to winning the lottery. The fate of Sheen's character remains unclear.