After a parade of high profile clients, celebrities and family members lavished praise and amusing jokes about Marty Singer, honored by the Beverly Hills Bar Assn. on Wednesday, a surprise speaker showed up: Charlie Sheen.
Singer, known as the pitbull litigator in Hollywood, represented Sheen in the actor’s $100 million suit against Warner Bros. after he was fired from “Two and a Half Men.”
“Trust me — I never screwed any hooker as hard as Marty screwed Warner Brothers,” said Sheen, in one of many outrageous comments about Singer’s penchant for repping stars in all sorts of scrapes, often prevailing via generous settlements or, as was noted at several points in the evening, squelched releases of celebrity sex tapes. He added that he had “a hundred million reasons” to thank Singer, perhaps a reference to the settlement.
Singer was recognized as the Beverly Hills Bar Assn.’s Entertainment Attorney of the Year.
Also offering words of praise were clients Sharon Stone and William Friedkin, and in the audience were John Travolta and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The emotional high point came when Singer’s daughter, Jackie, talked of her father.
And in a tribute video, the staff of TMZ, including Harvey Levin, recounted being on the receiving end of Singer’s angry calls over media coverage of a client.
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