Lawyer’s Nightmare

Here is a tip for other Hollywood actors. If you want to sue a studio over breach of contract, do not go to the roof of a building with a large machete and scream “I’m free at last.” As always, my thoughts go to his lawyer . . .

That was the latest scene in the sage of Charlie Sheen after he was fired by Warner Bros. from the show “Two and a Half Men.” While watching this video, I could not help but think of this guy’s lawyer sitting in his office preparing a breach of contract claim when his client suddenly comes on television waving around a machete and talking about slitting the throats of the defendants. Ironically, absent of morality clause, Sheen had a case for breach. However, the key is to argue that you really did not want to be fired. Sheen was able to keep this line up to his suspension — stating that he was ready to go back to work.

I will not get into the report that Sheen was drinking from a bottle of “Tiger Blood.” I expect that came with the machete.

Source: ABC

51 thoughts on “Lawyer’s Nightmare

  1. A Disaster without a tornado……. He should have never tried to detox and clean up at home or with access to a telephone or in his case….a computer…. the only thing that has changed is he may have ceased substances….. ceasing them does not change the behavior or mind set….

    Well, so long as he has money…I am sure that he will have an attorney….when that runs out he will have neither….

  2. I really think Sheen needs a medical intervention. He is going to implode very soon. He is out of control and the attorney better get his retainer up front.

  3. I suspect Sheen will be six feet under before a breach of contract suit ever reaches the courts.

  4. SWM,

    That is…. well… that just is…..


    I may be wrong but you may be right… He may be dead or stroked….(No pun intended) but this would be a personal claim which would survive an incapacity such as death… and believe it or not….it would be incumbent upon the executor/ executrix.. Personal Rep to bring the action or maintain it if it is filed…… not that I know anything about estate law….

  5. Elaine M.,

    Unfortunately….some people have joyful times at others misfortunes….. The line in Vegas is to OD by the end of the year….. if you get the date right you could make a real killing…(no pun intended)

  6. Elaine M.,


    The press/media keep egging Sheen on. That’s sad. I do think the man is ready to implode. It really isn’t a funny story, is it?”

    It’s like watching the guy on the ledge of the building and screaming for him to jump.

    Very sad.

  7. AY,

    I hope I’m wrong but Sheen is a train wreck waiting to happen.

    Is it known if there is a morality clause in his contract?

  8. Sheen is indeed crazy (clinical term to me is Narcissistic Personality disorder) but in our celebrity obsessed, wacky country today, I wouldn’t be so sure of his imminent death. If so though he will have the advantage of becoming iconic. Do we so quickly forget last years deification of a self-loathing, drug addicted,

  9. Mike Spindell:

    “Do we so quickly forget last years deification of a self-loathing, drug addicted,

    Which one? Are we talking the arts or politics?

  10. Mike S.,

    Hasn’t Sheen’s addiction to drugs and alcohol been a contributing factor to his disorder? Drugs and alcohol can do damage to one’s brain, can’t they?

  11. SL,

    I think CBS has written in to all contracts Moral Turpitude…Now exactly what that means in this case is not clear… If they were going to raise the issue it should have been at first blush years ago….But he was a money maker…. Hence, I believe that that issue is waived in acquisence (Think thats how to spell it)…..


    It is true that some folks can be irrevocably impaired… by any substance regardless of its nature….. Alcohol and Coke work on the CNS and most of the time they can return to normal…. but it takes time and a willingness to go through the grudge monkey channel….detoxing naturally….. it has been stated that it takes about one month of complete abstinence (of any substance) for each year of abuse…. While the alcohol/drugs maybe legally out of your system medically the body is still repairing itself…

  12. Elaine,

    Remember… Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Republican……and Then…. This is Your Brain….This is your brain if you Vote Republican…..

  13. I tried to watch Sheen’s webcast show but man its hard to watch anyone go to pieces the way Charlie seems to be headed …. Whether you like him or not, it has to be a very sad thing to see.

  14. Culheath…..

    I agree….I will submit to you that if he did as much coke and drank as hard as some people that I know….it will take its toll on even the sanest individual…. I agree….and there are some folks that if you don’t play the way that they want will accuse you of being crazy….Not that there are not some self inbreeding individuals that hold the purse strings….

    You know…Charlie is getting a lot of attention and…while things go the way that they are… he is seeking and getting it….Now…if he was doing what he needed to do… he would not be getting the attention….

  15. A Y has it right. Follow the money – always.

    The Eberly brothers nearly bought it because they were pressed repeatedly to make more music which would make money for their employers until both were rung out. As Fitzgerald said about the rich, artistes are not like you and I. They’ve always been given more room for outrageous behavior and sometimes, unfortunately, they blow it.

    Mr. Sheen looks awful and it’s clear his body is deteriorating. I hope he can get some help, but he’s the guy in charge of himself. Lord knows we’ve lost too many artists to booze and drugs over the years.

  16. Swarthmore mom
    1, March 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm
    Charlie Sheen has a life threatening illness, and he refuses to take treatment for it.


    Does he need a hysterectomy too!!??

    Calling Judge Karen Townsend …

  17. Actually Blouise….

    I think he is suffering from Longheria too….except he has his real ass doing the thinking for his other head…. I hope that came out right…..

  18. “….an incapacity such as death…”
    that sounds positively poetic….

  19. rafflaw…. that’s awful……You Need Therapy… Should I post it again….


    You are and have always been one of the sharpest tacks…. Did they ever find that Taco……or Brick…..

  20. Mike,

    While I have been an influence in the Democratic Politics I can say that I agree with you….However….I voted my conscience and did not have to hold my nose or even wince….I as you are aware I gave Obama the support even though I did not vote for him…..

    I still think he is the lesser of the evils that were out there….Now if we could only get people to vote for real choice…

  21. “Which one? Are we talking the arts or politics?”

    R. Pennigton,

    Depends on your definition of art.

    “Hasn’t Sheen’s addiction to drugs and alcohol been a contributing factor to his disorder? Drugs and alcohol can do damage to one’s brain, can’t they?’


    Yes they sometimes can. What is unknown, however, is his actual usage versus his need to plead guilty for career’s sake. From the TV interviews he looks to me as if he has Narcissistic Personality Disorder, but who knows. Maybe he doesn’t give a shit and is just playing with the media. After all he has plenty of money, a lifestyle many American males would wish for (myself excluded)and someone will pay him a goodly sum for his presumed talent. The trouble we have discussing drugs in this country is the phony war on them that fills the air with much BS propaganda. There is a whole “recovery” industry out there that depends on the Drug War and yet has a cure rate of perhaps 15%, at best. Legalize it all and let’s see what happens, because our current methods do not work.

  22. ‘While I have been an influence in the Democratic Politics I can say that I agree with you’


    Are you answering me on a different thread, or has my attention span finally attenuated. Anyway i’m always glad when you agree with me.

  23. Compared to Glenn Beck, Pat Robertson, Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin, Sheen looks boringly normal to me. Between that bunch, I think I’ll be Charlie’s lawyer, any day.

  24. Lawyer’s nightmare? Eh, true enough. But I can trump that.

    “Mom, Dad, meet my new boyfriend, Charlie Sheen. And I’m pregnant.”

    Never say things can’t be worse.

  25. I think this media fascination with Sheen is exploitative beyond belief. He is obviously unbalanced and constantly portraying this guy in a transparent attempt to drive ratings is deplorable. He needs an involuntary psychiatric commitment until he can regain his senses — if he can. That machete video would be enough for me were I the Commissioner.

  26. “I think this media fascination with Sheen is exploitative beyond belief.”


    Of course you’re right, but I doubt it surprises you. When “reality” stars like Paris Hilton and Snooki are considered of public interest, enough to get book deals for their memoirs, haven’t we crossed the edge into the Land of Make Believe? I’ve said before that we a being drawn into a new era of Feudalism and one of its’ needs is for “Role Models” and Rogues to distract the public and give them false idols of aspiration. don’t we even have a higher “Royalty” than these mere “celebrities?”

    Trump, Gates, Buffet, Koch Bros., The Waltons, et. al.
    represent our royalty and as you’ve no doubt notice are consistently given “good press,” just as were the Kings,
    Dukes and Earls of years gone by. The President is our
    version of the king and like many of the kings of yore,
    serves as a puppet for the powers behind him. In some cases though, perhaps Louis XIV, Henry VII, Elizabeth I, Peter the Great, etc. they do rule with autonomy, but of late, just serve as figureheads we can liken to Elizabeth II.

  27. “Compared to Glenn Beck, Pat Robertson, Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin, Sheen looks boringly normal to me.”


    I must agree. Crazy as he is Sheen is a danger to no one but himself and actually his “danger” is based on media
    publicity that may well be expressing something not close to the true story. For example, Lenny Bruce, perhaps the most brilliant social commentator of his time, was consistently portrayed as an uncontrolled drug addict, which help to blur the scathing commentary he was doing on the hypocrital 50’s society. Sheen has neither the articulateness/precision of expression, but perhaps his rebel posings and pointed comments hit too close to some nabobs.

    As I said before Sheen indeed is problemmatic from a psychological perspective, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have some insight into Hollywood’s “Wonderland.”

  28. Mespo,

    That’s funny; but he does have a good case.

    What I can’t figure is how they’re seeking punitive damages in a contract case.

  29. Bob,Esq:

    De rigueur in California to turn most contract cases into fraud and deceit or conspiracy cases. I hear the state motto is now: “Scienter here we come. Right back where we started from.”

  30. Elaine and Mespo,

    It may well be true that he is a danger to his children, but I have no idea if what is talked aabout in the media is really going on. In the absence of real proof, speculation does not make a case. Am I giving him the benefit of the doubt? Perhaps, but like any other allegations there needs to be proof.

  31. And I submit that the danger of Charlie Sheen is far more insidious than any physical threat to those around him.

    I look at the societal impact of the Lohans & Hiltons, the Sheens & the rest, and see a frightening parallel to the long-term effects of what’s called in the world of Workers’ Compensation ‘repetitive injury.’ Our “all Charlie, all the time” bent is – I suspect – corrosive beyond measure.

    Of course, the media revels in soap operas, and ought be apportioned a huge chunk of liability. But in our collective ignorance, we’ve always allowed them a hall pass on responsibility.

    Like heavy cell phone use, it’ll take a generation or two to see just how much brain damage we’ve heaped upon ourselves.

    And why?

    Imagine all human behavior on a visible continuum, gradients 1-100. Now keep pushing the extremes at one end further and further – what happens to the ‘norm?’ It shifts. As the fulcrum of perceptive balance, it has no choice – it must continually seek equilibrium.

    So, all the crappy “look at me, I’m mouthy & crude, wealthy & lewd,” grows closer to the middle. It becomes the new norm.

    One need look no further than the fact that – at last count – something like 70,000 young minds think it would be truly cool to become one of Charlie’s “interns.”

    I would wager that on the cosmic scoreboard, Charlie Sheen will cut a considerably larger swathe of pain through society than did Charlie Manson.

  32. “Imagine all human behavior on a visible continuum, gradients 1-100. Now keep pushing the extremes at one end further and further – what happens to the ‘norm?’ It shifts. As the fulcrum of perceptive balance, it has no choice – it must continually seek equilibrium.”


    At the risk of going off on a tangent, I very much like your formulation in this paragraph as an explanation of the extreme shift our political system has taken.

  33. Mespo,

    Here’s the problem: While the rules of pleading may allow pleading in the alternative, they do not permit pleading in the contradictory.

    You cannot sue for breach of contract AND fraud; one necessarily precludes the other.

    So my question is if you move for punitives in some sort of related cause of action, how does the court award exemplary damages when the root action sounds in contract?

  34. Charlie Sheen is just a product of our society. We have defined deviancy downward as Patrick alluded to above.

    So what do we expect, we rag on Xtians for being goody 2 shoes and then we wonder why a POS like Charlie Sheen is paraded in public as an icon.

    We went too far in the wrong direction, maybe some things have no redeeming value/virtue. In our rush to promote freedom of speech we forgot about people who do not wish to see a Hustler on a supermarket magazine rack and we forced them to view it. What about their rights?

    Maybe a brown paper wrapping isn’t all that bad, Charlie Sheen needs one.

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