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PEOPLE: Sheen lawsuit goes to arbiter

Sheen lawsuit goes to arbiter

LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Sheen may not get quite the audience he wanted for his $100 million lawsuit over his firing from ''Two and a Half Men'' -- a judge on Wednesday ruled that an arbiter should determine whether the case is handled privately or in a public courtroom.

Sheen's contract with Warner Bros. Television has a valid clause requiring the private arbitrator to decide how the case proceeds, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Allan Goodman wrote in a 21-page ruling. The decision will likely dampen publicity about the case in the short-term, although Sheen's attorney said he will still argue the case should be heard publicly.

Sheen sued Warner Bros. and ''Men'' executive producer Chuck Lorre on March 10, days after Sheen was fired from his starring role on television's top-rated comedy.

Goodman ruled that Lorre also has a valid clause in his contract with Warner Bros. to have disputes handled through arbitration.

Bristol Palin puts Ariz. home up for rent

PHOENIX -- Bristol Palin didn't stay too long in her house 35 miles south of Phoenix in Maricopa. A real estate agent has confirmed the daughter of possible presidential candidate Sarah Palin is renting out the 4,000-square-foot house.

Nate Martinez with RE/MAX Professionals says the five-bedroom home went on the market this week. She's asking $1,400 a month for the home she bought last year for $172,000.

Men near star's home arrested

LONDON -- Two men have been arrested near Joss Stone's home on suspicion of conspiracy to rob and murder, after reportedly being found in a car with swords, rope, a body bag and plans of the soul singer's secluded house.

Stone said in a statement that she was ''absolutely fine and getting on with life as normal'' as police charged the men with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.

Devon and Cornwall Police said Junior Bradshaw, 30, and Kevin Liverpool, 33, were arrested Monday morning near Stone's house in Cullompton.