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Chuck Lorre reportedly hires lawyers to fight Charlie Sheen

Chuck Lorre and Charlie Sheen in a 2005 photo. AP

(CBS) Chuck Lorre is bringing some legal firepower to the battle against Charlie Sheen.

The "Two and a Half Men" co-creator has reportedly hired his own lawyers, after an attorney for Sheen said that the actor plans to sue both Warner Bros. and Lorre personally after being fired from "Two and a Half Men."

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The Hollywood Reporter writes that Lorre has engaged famed Hollywood ligitator Howard Weitzman and a team from the Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert firm in Santa Moncia, Calif., to handle the dispute.

According to the report, Weitzman has been in discussions with Warner Bros. lawyers on how they plan to handle the coming legal battle over Sheen's termination.

Sheen's attorney Marty Singer told the THR on Monday that he plans to sue Warner Bros. and Lorre, claiming that WB breached its contract with the actor by suspending and then terminating him following his recent media blitz, during which he trashed the show and his bosses (including calling Lorre a "clown").

"It's a matter of when. It could be this week, it could be in a little while. We're in no rush. But we will sue," Singer said in a phone interview.

The attorney also suggested in a letter to Warner Bros. that Lorre would be sued for interfering with Sheen's contract, according to the report.

"Warner Bros. and CBS have conspired with Mr. Lorre in his tortuous and outrageous conduct in permitting him to shut down the show," Singer wrote in a Feb 28 letter to the studio and network.

THR notes that Weitzman is well known for handling Hollywood disputes. He was on the original O.J. Simpson legal team and has represented everyone from Courtney Love to the estate of Michael Jackson to the Kardashians.

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