A source has revealed to PEOPLE that the mystery celebrity that has been diagnosed with HIV is Charlie Sheen – with the actor set to sit down with the Today Show’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday to talk about his diagnosis.
According to top Hollywood publicist and crisis manager Howard Bragman, he was approached by people close to Charlie six months ago to deal with the crisis, but never dealt with him directly. “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.”
Charlie, 50, has long struggled with substance abuse and has publicly admitted to soliciting prostitutes in the past.