Reports say Charlie Sheen remains at home as doubt swirls around 'Two and a Half Men'
The "Two and a Half Men" star was believed to have checked in to a rehab facility last week after being hospitalized with severe abdominal pains. And according to a source close to the Sheen camp who spoke on condition of anonymity, that's true: the party-loving actor finally relented to enter a treatment facility after refusing all day Friday.
But wait: That may not be the final word. TMZ is reporting that the actor is working with a special expert in addictions, and they're doing the treatment from Sheen's home because of privacy concerns.
Rival celebrity site Radaronline has put a darker spin on the tale, reporting that Sheen is still balking at going anywhere and doesn't think he needs rehab at all, causing much consternation among his handlers and executives at CBS and Warner Bros., which makes the show.
The stakes are high, because Sheen's absence has thrown "Two and a Half Men," TV's most-watched comedy, into indefinite hiatus. TMZ also reported that Sheen's case would require three months of treatment, meaning that the show would not return this season.
Meantime, the actor's spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, continues trying - somewhat nobly, one might say - to manage what's rapidly deteriorating into a PR fiasco. He issued a statement Monday afternoon that said: "In compliance with the national health privacy laws (HIPAA), no further information relating to Charlie Sheen's health or his rehab experience will be released without his written permission."
-Scott Collins (Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT)
Photo: Charlie Sheen is Charlie Harper on "Two and a Half Men." Credit: Greg Gayne/CBS.