By Matthew Belloni
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Charlie Sheen's attorney wasted no time going on the offensive after his client was fired from "Two and a Half Men" by Warner Bros. on Monday.
"We will sue," Marty Singer told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's a matter of when. It could be this week, it could be in a little while. We're in no rush. But we will sue."
Singer has exchanged a series of increasingly rancorous letters with Warner Bros. since production on the hit CBS series was shut down in February. The litigator said he was not surprised Warners moved to terminate Sheen's employment, but he maintained the studio was in breach of its agreement with Sheen despite the actor's erratic behavior and incendiary comments directed at "Men" co-creator Chuck Lorre.
"They have no basis to suspend or terminate Charlie Sheen," he said.
Warners, in a letter from attorney John Spiegel to the Sheen camp, claimed Sheen "has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill," and was fired for disrupting the show and violating a clause in his contract by committing "a felony offense involving moral turpitude."
But Singer said Warners, which made Sheen the highest-paid sitcom star in television despite his repeated and public brushes with the law, has opened itself up to a massive lawsuit.
"Their position is absolutely ridiculous," Singer said. "Warner Bros. had no objection to my client pleading guilty to a felony while they were actively negotiating his new deal -- they did his deal before his plea bargain!"
Singer revealed that Warners' letter terminating Sheen's services was sent in response to a blistering letter he had written to WBTV on March 2 outlining his client's case against the studio. That letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, claimed the following:
"From January 2010, even after my client was arrested and then charged with a felony and misdemeanor charges, Warner Bros. did not suspend my client. Instead it wanted my client to agree to commit to do additional seasons of (Men). Warner Bros. confirmed that it would continue to employ Mr. Sheen even if he pleaded guilty to a felony as long as he did not serve jail time that would interfere with the production schedule."
Singer said the real reason Sheen was fired was because he offended Lorre, the studio's top showrunner. Lorre would also be a defendant in a lawsuit.
"This is nothing but Warner Bros. acting on behalf of Chuck Lorre," Singer said.