Charlie Sheen's multi-million dollar legal action over his firing from hit television show Two And A Half Men should be handled through private arbitration rather than in a public courtroom, a judge in the US has ruled.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Allan Goodman ruled that his contract with Warner Bros Television has a valid arbitration clause.
The ruling will dampen publicity about the case, which Charlie filed on March 10 - days after he was fired from his starring role on the top-rated comedy.
The ruling applies to his allegations against the show's executive producer Chuck Lorre, who also has an arbitration clause with Warner Bros.
The studio cited the star's bizarre behaviour in interviews and his criticism of Mr Lorre as reasons for the firing.
His role in the show has been eliminated and Ashton Kutcher will appear in the next series.