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The Today show announced the live in-studio interview with the actor on Monday. The interview will be posted on Today.com after it airs, according to the press release.
Recently, RadarOnline published a blind item about a Hollywood actor who had been diagnosed as HIV-positive. The article sparked a firestorm of speculation about the identity of the actor, and many readers suggested Sheen fit the profile.
The actor has declined to confirm the rumors and the claims have not been substantiated.
On Monday, the National Enquirer reported that Sheen is HIV-positive and Hollywood publicist and crisis manager Howard Bragman tells People that he was approached by individuals close to Sheen to deal with his situation.
“I’ve known about this a long time, it’s not a surprise to me,” Bragman said of Sheen’s condition. “I feel very sorry for his pain. And I hope it’s used as a teachable moment for the world. This is a disease that can affect anyone.”
Bragman adds that he was told Sheen “is getting treatment, and a lot of people in his life know about it.”
“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.”
Nov. 16, 1:56 p.m. This story has been updated with Howard Bragman’s comments to People and a reference to the National Enquirer report about Sheen.
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