Charlie Sheen can kiss that arbitration restraining order goodbye
One place Charlie Sheen isn't winning? Los Angeles County Superior Court, where a judge has rejected Team Sheen's request for a temporary restraining order to stop arbitration related to the actor's "Two and a Half Men" contract dispute with Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre.
"The judge found no 'emergency' existed and ordered Mr. Sheen's attorneys to follow normal procedure in their attempts to halt the arbitration of this dispute," Lorre's attorney told Company Town, which reported the decision Wednesday.
Sheen was fired from TV's top sitcom on March 7, with his lawyer receiving a particularly fabulous letter of termination from an attorney representing his former employers. "Men" production had already been benched for the season, four episodes short of plan. The actor filed a $100-million lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Lorre on March 10, alleging breach of contract, labor violations and more. The restraining order request was an attempt to keep the dispute in the courts.
Sheen, meanwhile, made a surprise appearance -- though really, are any of these appearances surprising anymore? -- on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Monday night, barging in on Kimmel and Mark Cuban to kiss the host, sign a copy of musical guest Brett Dennen's "Lover Boy" album without asking first and hurl T-shirts at those in the audience. The Dallas Mavericks owner and the actor are reportedly discussing a project for Cuban's HDNet TV channel.
Is it just us, or did Charlie look really old and sort of homeless as he hunched and shuffled around the set with his plastic bags full of merchandise? Watch the video below and decide for yourself.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photos: Charlie Sheen arrives unscheduled on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," top, and proceeds to kiss the host, right, on Monday. Credits: Richard Cartwright / ABC/Associated Press