Charlie Sheen to make ‘personal announcement’

Actor Charlie Sheen is expected to make a personal announcement regarding his health during a nationally televised interview. John Russell reports.

LOS ANGELES AND BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (Reuters) –
“Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen is set to make a “revealing personal announcement” on the “Today” show on Tuesday (November 17), according to broadcaster NBC, following reports in online and tabloid media that the Hollywood actor has been diagnosed as HIV positive.

Sheen’s representatives could not be reached for comment, and Reuters was not able to verify reports on the state of his health.

NBC said in a statement that Sheen, 50, would make an announcement in a live interview on its morning “Today” show.

No other details were given, but celebrity website TMZ.com, citing sources close to the “Today” show, said Sheen would use the interview to announce that he is HIV positive.

The National Enquirer tabloid reported on Monday following an 18-month long investigation that Sheen was diagnosed HIV positive some years ago.

The actor played the womanizing bachelor Charlie Harper on top-rated comedy “Two and A Half Men” for eight years before being fired in 2011 for bad behavior that included cocaine-fueled partying with porn stars and a conviction for assaulting his ex-wife.