Warner Bros. Letter Tells Sheen 'Self-Destructive Conduct' Proves He's 'Very Ill': [ send to a friend ]
The letter Warner Bros. Television sent to Charlie Sheen before officially announcing he was fired has leaked out.
In the 11-page letter, the studio accuses Sheen of committing 'moral turpitude' and explains that he is being fired because he is 'very ill' and not willing to seek treatment.
"At the outset," begins counsel John Spiegel, "let us state the obvious: Your client has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive behavior and appears to be very ill."
"For months before the suspension of production, Mr. Sheen's erratic behavior escalated while his condition deteriorated. His declining condition undermined the production in numerous and significant ways. Now, the entire world knows Mr. Sheen's condition from his alarming outbursts over just the last few weeks."
"We have done everything within our power to get Mr. Sheen the help he so badly and obviously needs--entreating his family and representatives; visiting him at home; offering to rearrange production to accommodate his treatment; and even making an airplane available to take him to a rehabilitation clinic before he reneged on his commitment to enter such a facility."
"The result has been a series of well-chronicled and increasing erratic outbursts that have culminated with Mr. Sheen's public tirades of the last few weeks."
"In halting production of 'Two and a Half Men', Warner Bros. took the only responsible action open to it - morally and legally - in these painful circumstances. Warner Bros. would not, could not, and should not attempt to continue 'business as usual' while Mr. Sheen destroys himself as the world watches."
It continues, "there is ample evidence supporting Warner Bros. reasonable good faith opinion that Mr. Sheen has committed felony offenses involving moral turpitude, including but not limited to furnishing of cocaine to others as part of the self-destructive lifestyle he has described publicly, that have 'interfered with his ability to fully and completely render all material services required' under the agreement."
It urges the actor's lawyer to "focus your energies on what no one so far has been able to do: get your client the sustained, rigorous and effective treatment he so urgently needs."
"It is clear that Mr. Sheen has no intention of agreeing to the intensive evaluation and treatment that his condition requires. It is also clear he does not believe he has a problem and that he will continue to conduct himself in a destructive manner."
It adds that Charlie Sheen was a disruption to the 'Two and a Half Men' set long before his outbursts became public.
"This inability to perform the essential duties of his position included Mr. Sheen's physical appearance, inability to deliver lines, inability to collaborate creatively with staff and crew, inability to work with the executive producers, inflammatory comments poisoning key working relationships, and frustration of the show's creative environment by the public spectacle of his self-inflicted disintegration."
"It undermined the ability of Warner Bros. and Mr. Lorre to produce the show that suspension and termination were required."