The National Enquirer’s big scoop this week is the “shocking full story of a multi-million dollar cover-up that will rock Tinseltown” and it’s about bad-boy Charlie Sheen, who reportedly is HIV positive.
Sheen, 50, is making a “personal announcement” on TV with Matt Lauer today on “Today.”
Hollywood publicist and crisis manager Howard Bragman told People that people close to the actor contacted him six months ago to deal with the situation. He says he was told that Sheen “is getting treatment, and a lot of people in his life know about it.”
The Enquirer says its story, slated to run Wednesday, is “the culmination of a dogged 18-month investigation that has uncovered how television’s one-time highest paid star potentially spread the devastating virus to dozens of unsuspecting women.”
TMZ reports that Sheen was able to keep his HIV status under wraps for months, until “everything unraveled when some former partners threatened him with lawsuits.”
In the Enquirer report, Sheen’s ex Brooke Mueller, 38, (his third wife) apparently said that the father of her twin sons “potentially” infected her; a source close to Mueller told The New York Daily News she knew about his diagnosis during their marriage.
Us magazine reports that Sheen’s second ex-wife, Denise Richards, has known for years that he’s HIV-positive. The “Two and a Half Men” actor and Richards, 44, divorced in 2006 after four years of marriage.
INDIE ART SURVIVES
Friday the 13th wasn’t all bad. It was the day that Artists’ Television Access, a San Francisco nonprofit championing independent and experimental art, signed a five-year lease that guarantees it will stay at 992 Valencia St. — its home since since 1986 — for five more years.
With its lease about to expire, the group’s volunteer staff expected to be ousted. Board president Kelly Pendergrast said, “ATA is a fixture of the underground film and art scene in San Francisco, as well as being a long-time haven for artists, weirdos and film lovers. … but with zero commercial rent control and a totally insane market, cultural value can’t trump capitalism.”
With public assistance (from the Northern California Community Loan Fund via The City’s Nonprofit Displacement Mitigation Program) ATA negotiated a new lease. Pendergrast says the rent will be “a considerable increase … and definitely a stretch” but it is still well below market rate, thanks to the landlord’s willingness to give the group a break.
S.F. Giant Hector Sanchez is 26. … Guitarist Isaac Hanson of Hanson is 35. … Actress Rachel McAdams is 37. … Entertainer RuPaul is 55. … Politician John Boehner is 66. … TV producer Lorne Michaels is 71. … Model Lauren Hutton is 72. … Director Martin Scorsese is 73. … Singer Gordon Lightfoot is 77.
— Wire report
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