Actor Charlie Sheen, who has been keeping an uncharacteristically low profile in recent months, is HIV-positive, according to sources cited by various media outlets.
The “Anger Management” star has scheduled a live interview with Matt Lauer on Tuesday’s edition of NBC’s “Today,” reportedly to discuss his health condition. E! News cites two unnamed sources confirming that Sheen is HIV-positive.
A press release issued today says Sheen, 50, “will make a revealing personal announcement” in the “Today” interview.
People magazine cites Hollywood publicist and crisis manager Howard Bragman saying the situation has been going on for some time. Bragman reportedly “was approached by people close to Sheen six months ago to deal with the crisis, but never dealt with him directly,” the People story says.
People quotes Bragman saying: “The interview could open up a lot of sympathy for him, but he has to be concerned about a fear of litigation from former sexual partners. You don’t take that lightly.”
Bragman adds: “It’s been going on for quite awhile. He’s not necessarily comfortable talking about it. It was very hard to get up the courage for him to talk about it.”
The E! News report notes: “The troubled actor has five children, ranging in age from 6 to 30, in addition to three ex-wives: Donna Peele (1995-1996), Denise Richards (2002-2006) and Brooke Mueller (2008-2011). E! News has learned that both Richards and her two daughters with Sheen, Sam and Lola, are HIV-negative.”
Sheen has been largely out of the spotlight this year, and hasn’t been seen on TV much since “Anger Management,” his FX sitcom, wrapped in December 2014.