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Sheen: No trial

FILE - This May 21, 2006 file photo

FILE - This May 21, 2006 file photo shows actor Charlie Sheen as he arrives for the screening of the film "Platoon,"at the 59th International Film Festival in Cannes, France. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Allan Goodman ruled Wednesday, June 15, 2011, that Sheen's $100 million lawsuit over his firing from �Two and a Half Men� should be handled through private arbitration rather than in a public courtroom. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File) Credit: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

Charlie Sheen got hit with a huge setback today when an Los Angeles Superior Court judge nixed his request to settle his lawsuit before a jury. This means simply . . . no trial, no court, no endless stories on "Extra" about What Crazy Thing Charlie Said in Court Today . . .


Instead, it'll all go before an arbitrator, and unless I'm mistaken, those arbitrated hearings are closed. Nothing is leaked because both parties have to agree not to leak.

Warner Brothers and Chuck Lorre must be ecstatic. 

Will Charlie still get his money? It's inconceivable an arbitrator will award him $100 mil, but a jury - particularly a jury comprised of Charlie Harper fans -- might well have, setting the stage for an expensive appeal by Warners. 

But he'll get something. That figure -- again unless I'm mistaken -- is often a closely guarded secret, too.

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