Judge: No Gag Order In Charlie Sheen-'Two And A Half Men' Lawsuit
What would be worse than Charlie Sheen suing you? Charlie Sheen suing you AND having a judge give you the equivalent of a middle finger and saying, "First Amendment, b^&ches! WINNING!"
The Hollywood Reporter reports that appointed arbitrator Justice Richard Neal denied the gag order that "Two and a Half Men" creator Chuck Lorre and Warner Bros. asked be placed on Sheen's $1-million lawsuit over what Sheen considers his wrongful termination from the show.
Considering that Sheen lost the battle for cameras to be allowed in the courtroom during the proceedings, being told that he can spout off just whatever he damn well pleases the minute he touches a toe outside the courtroom has to feel like breaking even, at least.
Confidential details of some facts deemed "sensitive and proprietary" will still have to remain private, and this is probably the closest the media get to actually attending the arbitration.
But Neal himself will ultimately decide what must remain under wraps. Lorre and Warner Bros.' representatives argued a gag order was crucial to fair and just proceedings after the storm of controversy Sheen has already created with his taunts at both parties since his dismissal from the show.
Though a lot will remain private, we're talking about a man that's about to be the subject of a Comedy Central Roast airing the night his old show premieres featuring his replacement, Ashton Kutcher, and Charlie being written out via being run over by a train.
On top of that, he has his own comeback sitcom, "Anger Management," in the works and he's more than demonstrated that there's no pulpit too bully for him to ascend.
Generally speaking, expect Sheen to continue asserting that he was fired solely because he publicly criticized Lorre. Expect Lorre and Warner Bros. to assert that Sheen was fired because he once more became a drug-addled, unreliable mess who held up the show's production.
This could also become a very interesting discovery phase, in which both sides gather their documents and depositions. My amateur prediction? Expect a settlement. I can't imagine the outlandish demands Sheen will make to make the case go away - after all, this is instant and ongoing publicity for all of his other projects and Sheen might just be too smart to walk away from an ATM spitting out money.
But I could see Lorre and Warner Bros. reaching their threshold for pain and public misery pretty quickly, and giving Sheen a measly $1 million suddenly seeming like a small price to have him out of their collective lives.
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