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Charlie Sheen settles $100m lawsuit

The actor recently apologised to his former Two and a Half Men colleagues after being fired from the show in March.

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CHARLIE SHEEN has settled the $110 million lawsuit he took against his former studio employer over his firing from the hit TV show Two and a Half Men.

The details of the settlement have not been released, but TMZ reports he could receive a lump sum of up to $25 million to cover unpaid wages. The report also says Sheen stands to around $100 million more out of the show’s syndication in the coming years.

Sheen was the highest-paid actor in television at the time of his dismissal, reportedly earning between $1.2m and $2m an episode. He was dropped from the programme after allegedly verbally attacking the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre.

Lodging the legal action against Warner Brothers back in March, Sheen said he had been harassed by Lorre and was pursing it on behalf of the show’s crew, who were out of work while the show was suspended. The latest season of Two and a Half Men began airing in the US last week with a new addition to the cast – Ashton Kutcher.

In a number of public appearances and interviews after he was fired, Sheen claimed he had “tiger blood” and his catchphrase “winning” spread quickly across Twitter. He also took part in a short-lived road show Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not an Option.

Sheen recently appeared on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and attempted to explain the bizarre behaviour which led to his dismissal and which he showed for months afterwards. He said he was out of control and that he had been “the reluctant conductor” of “a runaway train”.

Speaking at the Emmy Awards recently, Sheen apologised “from the bottom of my heart” to his former colleagues on Two and a Half Men and wished them the best for the coming season.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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