Charlie Sheen's Manager, Publicist Resign

Manager Mark Burg had been representing the actor for 16 years; PR man Larry Solters stepped in amid Sheen's very public 2011 meltdown.

Charlie Sheen's manager, Mark Burg, and publicist, Larry Solters, have resigned, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Both notified their client last week, with Solters telling THR: "I love Charlie. He's a great guy."

Radaronline first reported the split.

Burg had been representing the 48-year-old Sheen for 16 years; Solters stepped in amid Sheen's very public 2011 meltdown after longtime PR man Stan Rosenfield had ostensibly thrown up his hands. The public episodes at the time -- nonsensical interviews about "winning" and Greek mythology followed by a national stand-up tour -- resulted in Sheen's departure from the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men, for which he was paid north of a million dollars an episode.

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But while things had quieted down for much of 2012, recent drama involving Sheen's ex-wife Brooke Mueller and custody arrangements of their children seem to point to a possible refrain. Says a source: "Every day is another circus ... The whole notion of 'let me help you' was futile."

Instead, adds the insider, Sheen surrounds himself with an entourage of 24/7 yes men. "Charlie equates loyalty with being by his side at all times. It's sad because he's a victim of his own wanting to be loved -- a tortured soul."

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