Singer confirmed reports of the firing on Monday and told at least two tabloids that it's only a matter of when, and not if, a lawsuit will be filed. ''It could be this week, it could be in a little while. We're in no rush. But we will sue''. Warner Brothers cites ''a felony offense involving moral turpitude'' for its just cause, to which Singer promptly said was ridiculous. Further, his presser said that Sheen was really fired because he offended Chuck Lorre, the series creator and Sheen's boss. In the short term, this means Sheen's cool two million per episode paycheck has ceased to exist. But just who is Marty Singer and how long has he been on Team Sheen?
The first thing we learned during our research efforts is that it's an unwise one who underestimates Singer's legal prowess. After graduating with his BA in 1974 from City College of New York, Singer was then accepted into Brooklyn Law School in 1977. He has consistently been ranked in the top three star attorneys in the nation and is currently the leading lawyer in the Media & Entertainment: Litigation category for Chambers USA. Further, Singer was named in Super lawyers for the past seven years and has been named in the Top 100 Attorneys in California.
Singer has published many articles, including Regulation of Talent Agents. He is both well respected and a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom. Turns out, despite Sheen's recent bad choices, his attorney wasn't one of them. Indeed; Singer at one time represented Arnold Schwarzenegger, among other celebrity heavy hitters. In fact, he earned his reputation of a ''mad dog'' after representing Schwarzenegger, but he has represented other Hollywood bad boys such as Bruce Willis, Dennis Rodman, Jim Carrey and Sylvester Stallone. Of course, he doesn't limit his practice to just the male leading men. He's also spent time representing Roseanne and even Celine Dion. As one New York editor laments, ''I'll make one call to a publicist to check out a tip and pretty soon I get a hand delivered letter from Singer threatening all sorts of disasters and financial damages''.
The $600+ plus an hour lawyer isn't afraid of the big players. As mentioned, he represented Celine Dion in a lawsuit filed against the National Enquirer and had them back down in quick time. Interestingly, it's these same tabloids he and his client are turning to now. It happens that way in Hollywood sometimes. You just never know which enemy will be your best friend when the sun comes up each day.