- The Washington Times - Monday, November 16, 2015

Charlie Sheen is expected to reveal that he is HIV-positive in an interview Tuesday morning on the “Today” show, People magazine reported.

NBC News announced Monday that the 50-year-old actor will make a “revealing personal announcement,” but did not provide further details. 

Top Hollywood publicist and crisis manager Howard Bragman told People that he was approached by Mr. Sheen’s team six months ago to deal with the crisis, but never dealt with him directly.

“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,” Mr. Bragman said, adding that Mr. Sheen “is getting treatment, and a lot of people in his life know about it.”

Mr. Sheen has long struggled with substance abuse and has admitted to soliciting prostitutes in the past, People reported.

The actor’s longtime publicist Jeff Ballard said they are no longer working together.

“We had a disagreement how to handle a situation and we parted ways,” he told People. “We have had a 35-year friendship and I love him. I wish him nothing but the best.”

A TMZ report released Monday evening revealed that Mr. Sheen has known for more than two years that he is HIV-positive and has been taking medication for the illness.

“We’re told Charlie was taking meds for the HIV and has had a series of blood tests, and over time the HIV has been ‘undetectable’ in his system,” the report said. “The implication here is clear … Charlie is saying he didn’t deceive anyone, since the blood tests did not reveal the presence of HIV.

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