Hollywood publicist and crisis manager Howard Bragman said he was approached by people close to Charlie six months ago about how to handle this. Howard said:
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.”
Oh My Goodness. I guess not.
Howard has been told that Charlie:
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.
“I’ve known about this a long time, it’s not a surprise to me. 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.”
After everything that happened right around the time of Charlie’s exit from ‘Two and a Half Men,’ I have to say, he’s seemed virtually invincible. I kept waiting for the headline about a drug overdose or something.
Charlie’s reps have not responded to People’s request for comment, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see if he does appear on ‘Today’ tomorrow and, if so, what he has to say. If it is true, then at least there are treatments available that make HIV a chronic illness rather than the “death sentence” it was in the 1980’s.
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