Charlie Sheen filed a lawsuit Thursday against Time Warner's (NYSE:TWX) subsidy Warner Bros. For $100 million, plus punitive damages.
Sheen, the 45-year-old actor, is demanding he get paid for the eight "Two and a Half Men" episodes canceled this year. He's also suing on behalf of the show's crew, to regain their lost wages and benefits.
Sheen's lawyer, Marty Singer, wrote in the preamble, "Chuck Lorre, one of the richest men in television who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, believes himself to be so wealthy and powerful that he can unilaterally decide to take money away from the dedicated cast and crew of the popular television series, 'Two and a Half Men,' in order to serve his own ego and self-interest, and make the star of the Series the scapegoat for Lorre's own conduct."
The lawsuit blames the show's cancellation on "Warner Bros. capitulating to Lorre's egotistical desire to punish Mr. Sheen," and alleges a conspiracy between Lorre and Warner Bros to blame Sheen for the show's demise.
The suit also claims Sheen was fired when he was sick, which is a violation of California as well as Federal law.