Sheen’s Public Court Fight Denied

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March 24, 2011 | 5:15am EST

Charlie Sheen’s request to move his battle with Two And A Half Men TV bosses into a public court has been denied by a California judge.
The star has taken legal action against executives at Warner Bros. and show creator Chuck Lorre in the wake of his firing, demanding the pay he would have earned from the eight episodes producers cancelled at the end of February.

The $100 million case appeared to be heading to arbitration on the recommendation of officials at private-resolution company JAMS, but Sheen filed papers asking for an open trial in a public courthouse.

The actor’s legal team based their argument on apparent concerns about the impartiality of judges presiding over proceedings – as many officials have worked closely with Warner Bros. bosses on previous cases.

However, on Wednesday, a Santa Monica judge denied efforts by Sheen’s legal team to stop the private arbitration, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

But Sheen’s lawyer Marty Singer insists he will be back in court on Thursday to ask another official for an injunction to stop the case being heard behind closed doors.

He tells the website, “She denied the motion not on the merits but on a procedural issue. We will be back tomorrow, and we are confident in our position.”