Charlie Sheen Makes Surprise Appearance at Elton John's AIDS Foundation Oscars Party
The actor, who is HIV positive, showed up in a T-shirt with his face on it that read, "Stay positively negative"
Charlie Sheen, who revealed in November that he is HIV positive, showed up fashionably late – and in self-referential fashion – to Elton John‘s annual Oscars viewing party Sunday, benefiting the pop star’s AIDS foundation.
The actor, 50, was a very late arrival but made a memorable entrance, wearing a sportcoat over a T-shirt showing his own face and the words, “Stay positively negative” – a message apparently urging people to get tested for HIV.
In a televised interview with KABC-TV, Sheen explained his fashion choice: “Somebody said, ‘You’re not wearing a tie.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m at an AIDS event and I brought my HIV.’ ”
Sheen arrived at the dwindling party with two male friends and a blonde woman. He posed for photos with John and his husband David Furnish, had a long chat with Russell Simmons and then took pictures with fans.
The many other celebrity guests at John’s 24th annual Oscars viewing party included Caitlyn Jenner, who wore a stunning red dress with glittering accessories, and chatted with Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor.
Dozens of stars served as official co-chairs of the party, though Sheen’s name was not among those previously announced.
The annual event has raised more than $50 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Sunday’s festivities included dinner (prepared by Gordon Ramsay), a live auction and a performance by John, 68, and his band, including selections from his new album Wonderful Crazy Night.
• Reporting by REAGAN ALEXANDER