Charlie Sheen will have to continue his $100 million lawsuit against his former "Two and a Half Men" bosses behind closed doors: a judge has shot down his request for a trial.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alan Goodman ruled Wednesday the manner will proceed in arbitration, as Warner Bros. TV had sought.
Sheen's lawsuit against the studio and executive producer Chuck Lorre contends that Sheen was improperly fired from the show after he publicly criticized his bosses in his barrage of media interviews in February and March.
His attorney, Marty Singer, had pushed for a public trial. But Warner Bros. and Lorre had argued that Sheen's contract included a clause requiring that the case be settled in arbitration.
"We're very gratified by the court's ruling enforcing the parties' arbitration agreement," Warner Bros. said in a statement.
CBS announced last month that Sheen, who was previously TV's highest-paid actor with about $1.8 million per episode, will be replaced by Ashton Kutcher when the show returns.