Charlie Sheen wants a jury of his gnarly gnarlingtons peers to figure out if he's do some major cash from the nefarious trolls his former bosses.
Sheen wants his $100 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. TV and Two and a Half Men producer Chuck Lorre to play out in a public court.
And he's facing an uphill battle.
Last week, Sheen was on the
losing non-winning end of a ruling by the private dispute resolution company JAMS, which declared his case would be handled via arbitration. Team Sheen would much rather the case go to trial in a public courtroom, where he would stand a better chance to make his case with fans the jury.
In a petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Sheen's pitbull attorney, Marty Singer, vehemently disputes JAMS March 16 decision, which deemed the arbitration clause in Sheen's contract valid.
Private arbitration, per the court papers, is "a misguided maneuever to attempt to obtain a strategic advantage."
The petition seeks an injunction to stop arbitration from going forward on the grounds that the arbitration clause is "unconscionable and unenforceable under California law."
A hearing on the matter is set for July 6.
By then, we'll likely have a pretty good idea how Sheen is doing in the court of public opinion. Right now, he seems to be winning—given his Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour has been selling out faster than a Vatican assassin hit squad, he received a raucous welcome when he popped up on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week and he has met with Fox bosses about a possible new project. He's also been in talks with HDNet about some kind of program.
However, despite reports that CBS bossman Les Moonves wanted Sheen back on Two and a Half Men, multiple sources have told E! News that far-fetched scenario ain't happening.
UPDATE March 28, 2011: A Los Angeles judge has sent April 19 for a hearing on whether Sheen's case should be handled privately by an arbitrator or in a public courtroom.