‘Grace’ under fire from producer

Lorre suing for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty

Producer Chuck Lorre and his Meshuggenuh Prods. have sued Carsey-Werner-Mandabach, claiming he is owed more than $3.4 million in net profits on the 1990s series “Grace Under Fire.”

According to the complaint filed Tuesday in L.A. Superior Court, Lorre created the series and was its executive producer. After he left, he alleges, CWM failed to supervise the series and allowed a hostile working environment to exist. As a result, the complaint says, series star Brett Butler engaged in sexual harassment and verbal and emotional abuse of the cast and crew. Butler ultimately left the show after a well-publicized breakdown. Claims by the cast and crew were settled for substantial cash amounts, which were treated as a cost of production, thereby reducing Lorre’s net profit.

Lorre, executive producer of “Dharma and Greg,” also alleges numerous accounting irregularities.

The suit, for breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

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