Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Ballad of Mad Dog Marty and Charlie Sheen

In 1952, you could still catch a Brooklyn Dodgers game on a doo-wop filled summer night.  You could buy a loaf of bread for sixteen cents or a Buick for around two thousand bucks. Americans liked Ike and the Brits welcomed a new Queen.  It was also the birth year of Martin Dori Singer. Like the Dodgers, Marty would eventually leave Brooklyn for the sunnier prospect of life in California. He would grow up to become "Mad Dog Marty" fixer to the stars.  

A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Attorney Martin Singer has gained a reputation as the "go-to-guy" for the Hollywood jet set.  His firm "Lavely & Singer" is self-described as a "one of the world's premier talent side entertainment litigation firms."  He has the client roster to prove it.  Do you like action stars?  Marty has successfully defended Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Van Damme.  Like comedy?  Clients have included Eddie Murphy, Roseanne, Jim Carey and the late Richard Pryor. While he has won his share of jury verdicts, Singer's strength seems to be dousing tabloid fires for Hollywood's elite.  Say something bad about a celebrity and your bound to get a tersely worded letter from Singer.  In fact, he has developed a boutique niche practice out of it.  

Is the press suggesting you made a sex tape (Brittany Spears) or are seeing a divorce lawyer? (Brad Pitt  & Angelina Jolie) Is the household help threatening to sue you? (Sylvester Stallone) or did they suggest you have a bad heart? (Arnold Schwarzeneggar)  Maybe you picked up a transvestite hooker? (Eddie Murphy) or stabbed a Flamingo dancer in the neck? (Betty White...I may have been mistaken on that last one.)  Marty Singer is the guy celebrities go to when they run into trouble.  Of course with the advent of a blog filled internet, Singer has to be much quicker these days.  It's no surprise that he was the choice for Charlie Sheen.

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Chances are you have heard of the trials and tribulations of Charlie Sheen and his war on his former television bosses. (See a timeline of Sheen's legal woes via The Hollywood Reporter)  Last week, CBS and Warner Brothers announced that they were cancelling production on "Two and a Half Men" based on the actor's problematic behavior  and some statements made against producer Chuck Lorre.  Sheen responded with a letter from Mad Dog Marty.  The attorney wrote the network claiming that it was violating Charlie's contractual rights.  (See the letter via Radaronline)   In the letter, Singer claims his client is entitled to be paid for the remaining eight unfilmed episodes.  He goes on further to claim that Sheen is clean and sober and has passed every requested drug test.  In an effort not to get my own letter from Attorney Singer, I would like to take this opportunity to state that I think Charlie Sheen is 100% correct and is not at all acting like a crazy lunatic.  

1 comment:

Equus Spirit said...

Just because he's crazier than a bedbug doesn't mean he's not entitled to get paid. I just would make _____ sure that the man never worked for my firm again in his entire life.