Hot Docs: Charlie Sheen sued for $20 million over reality show

April 7, 2011

Charlie SheenCharlie Sheen seems to be able to always find his way into court.

However, this time it has nothing to do with his recent public episodes.  Instead, Sheen is being sued for something that allegedly happened over a year ago.

The plaintiff is Ed Meyer, the creator of a reality show starring Joe Estevez, Sheen’s uncle.

Meyer is claiming that Charlie Sheen, along with co-conspirators Martin Sheen and Janet Sheen (Charlie Sheen’s parents), wrongfully interfered with the deal and somehow caused it to go awry.

Meyer seems to believe that it’s a pretty big conspiracy, too: according to the complaint, Meyer has listed 50 Does as defendants in addition to Sheen, who he believes all have a part in the offense.

On the other hand, how exactly Sheen and his 50 co-conspirators interfered with Meyer’s reality TV project isn’t explained in the complaint.

And that’s just one of many things the complaint leaves vacant.

Evidence that any business relationship between Joe Estevez and Meyer existed is scarce.

In fact, the only factual evidence that Meyer gives are several 2008 statements from Joe Estevez on various entertainment-related media outlets mentioning the show.

Meyer also does not state whether the show had gotten past the planning stages or whether any TV networks had shown any interest.

For all we know, the show could have just been the product of a casual conversation between Meyer and Estevez, and Estevez later decided it wasn’t really worth his time.

Meyer has no right to be in court if such were true, and unfortunately for him, his complaint is so lacking factually and legally that it may as well be.

What comes next in the complaint is even more baffling: Meyer is asking for $20 million in damages.

Hot Doc: Meyer v. Estevez

Source: Westlaw News & Insight – National Litigation

The complaint does not factually establish what he claims happened, which leaves his legal claims severely lacking.

Somehow, though, it has the wherewithal to ask for $20 million dollars in damages.

The timing of the complaint sheds light on what is probably the reality of the situation.

Meyer claims that the alleged “interference” occurred starting on January 4, 2010.

Why did Meyer wait over a year to file a complaint that seemingly took very little research and was accompanied by no supporting documentation?

More than likely, Meyer wanted to piggyback off Charlie Sheen’s recent surge in publicity to gain notoriety for himself or perhaps to boost the case’s profile.

Unfortunately for Meyer, because the complaint is so lacking, it seems unlikely that his case will survive a summary judgment motion.

If the case shows nothing else, it is that some people will do anything for a chance in the spotlight.