Charlie Sheen's lawyer Marty Singer has opened up on reasons for the brutal $100 million dollar lawsuit.
Basically, Lorre and Co. knew what they were getting into when they renegotiated the MaSheen's contract, so it's all just a personal vendetta headed by Lorre.
Here are Singer's own words:
“When a production company and network are willing to hire someone who is a convicted felon and accused of putting a knife to his wife's throat, and they know that this person has substance abuse problems, it's obvious that their position in this dispute is ridiculous. What Warner Bros. is really saying is you can't mess with the 900 pound gorilla showrunner [Lorre] or you will get tossed.”
That does make sense, but we gotta keep in mind that Charlie's behavior has not been in the best interest of the cast and crew. If he really cared about them, he would have straightened up and gotten clean, and back to work.
Singer insists, however, that Charlie's main concern IS his cast and crew:
“If you look at the quotes from Charlie from Day One, this is not just about him. Chuck Lorre could dictate who gets paid and who doesn’t, and a lot of other people got hurt.”
"I'm not going to comment on what people said privately. But if the cast and crew did something on their own they would be blackballed. Once you file a lawsuit, you don't get paid and you don't get hired. Charlie is looking out for the people he's working with. Warner Bros. can try to cast this however they want but the complaint speaks for itself.”
That's true, we do think that people would get blackballed if they filed the suit on their own, so it might actually be a noble thing that Charlie's doing.
What he's doing exactly is invoking California Labor Code Section 2699, the state’s private attorney general statute, which allows individuals to initiate lawsuits on behalf of others.
The question is, though, whether or not the cast and crew requested this or if Charlie just went ahead and did it anyway.
We hope this plays out in open court, it's waaay too inneresting to have us all be shut out!
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