Sheen v. Lorre

Docket No. SC111794 (2011)

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Sheen v. Lorre

California Superior Court
Docket No. SC111794 (2011)

SC

Facts

Charlie Sheen (plaintiff) signed a contract with Chuck Lorre and WB Studio Enterprises, Inc. (WB) (defendants) under which Sheen agreed to star in the series Two and a Half Men in exchange for a per-episode fee. The agreement guaranteed Sheen at least 24 episodes. Sheen was hospitalized during production, resulting in suspension of production. Sheen was released from the hospital and, less than two weeks after his hospitalization, claimed to be ready to return to the set. Sheen claimed to be mentally and physically able to continue production, but Lorre had not produced shooting scripts, potentially because he believed that Sheen would be unable to perform. WB sought assurances from Sheen that he would enter treatment for his health issues, but Sheen declined. Ultimately, WB shut down production, believing that Sheen was not healthy enough to continue, especially without medical treatment. Sheen, claiming that he was ready, willing, and able to perform, sought payment for 24 episodes based on the minimum in the contract. The defendants refused. As a result, Sheen filed this complaint against the defendants, alleging breach of contract.

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