Rob Lowe on that infamous sex tape
April 28th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

Rob Lowe on that infamous sex tape

It’s been more than 20 years since Rob Lowe was traipsing about as a member of the “Brat Pack” – a name for his then-circle of celeb friends that the 47-year-old actor now heartily accepts – and the road to fame has changed.

Back in his day, Lowe told Oprah Winfrey on her show Thursday, when one’s sex tape caught the attention of the press, it wasn’t a good thing.

And the “Parks and Recreation” star should know: he was at the forefront of sex tape leaks, thanks to a video of the actor and two young women, one of whom was 16, making headlines back in 1989.

“Let me just say this: Sometimes being a trailblazer is highly overrated,” Lowe joked with Winfrey about the infamous incident. But in all seriousness, he went on, he had no idea that one of the tape’s participants was so young. The Atlanta nightclub where he met the women had been strict about carding him, even as a famous face, so he assumed everyone was of age.

“I found out [she was 16] a little too late,” Lowe said. “I [was] 22-years-old, and there are two girls who are like, ‘hey, bring it.”

But these days, “people do sex tapes to help their careers. There’s a lawyer [that] everyone knows… you do a sex tape, and the lawyer sells it and you get paid.”

The concept of a celebrity seeking treatment in rehab has also evolved since Lowe spent time being treated post-Brat Pack.

“I love rehab; I highly recommend it. It was like going to college to get sober,” he told Winfrey. “To me rehab is serious business for serious people. It’s not a place you go for publicity or to escape a law or to rehabilitate your career, which unfortunately is what it’s become.”

Lowe’s friend for years, Charlie Sheen, doesn’t share the sentiment, however.

“I’ve known Charlie since I was 13. I love him, and he and I agree to disagree on sobriety,” Lowe said. “I’m like dude, we have a chair for you… over here in the anonymous group, but he doesn’t want to do it.”

Sheen “has always been an iconoclast, a character, full of charisma and wild,” Lowe went on. “He’s letting it all loose – he’s going full throttle with what he’s been keeping inside.”

As with his other Brat Pack pals, Lowe and Sheen do keep in touch, although its primarily via text. “We haven’t talked in a while,” Lowe told Winfrey. But everything you’re hearing about Sheen lately?

“Honestly, it really is Charlie being Charlie,” Lowe said.

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  1. arch

    Lowe is an idiot and will never change. I see he is making the TV rounds nowadays. I don't know if he has a book out or maybe a movie. I heard a clip the other day on his reasons what went on with binL. Of all the people to ask that question to he should be the last one in line. He has a brain the size of a walnut and a slime mole is much smarter! Why is it these types, (hollywood, D.C. reality show people, actors, etc.), think they know what is going on in the world. Why is it these TV talk shows have them on and ask them these type questions. I have friends whose small children in the ages of 5 to 8 have better answers and a better understanding of what is going on. But, because they are nobodies, especially not hollywood types, what they say is worthless. People who watch these fools talk need to remember who is talking and what their I.Q. is away from the set. Why do you think the producers/directors try and keep these fools from talking! Stupid in, stupid out.

    May 9, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PhilG.

    Best move Rob ever made-he played it just right and made the most of it.

    He was one of the first to make one and not be sappy about it and it was'nt a sicko tape.

    Now people wanting to be famous make them and it's either laughable or just sick.

    April 30, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Superhiro

    I love Charlie Sheen!!I want to have s@x with him,Billie Joe Armstrong,and Rob Lowe!!Come on boys daddy gots you.AAAHHHH*GRUNTS*AAAAAHHHHHHHHHH*H+%PING*

    April 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. citizenUSA


    April 29, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. luk

    actually Jayne Kennedy had a tape on the street long before Lowe

    April 29, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tone

    Rob Lowe is just living the dream, banging under-age girls when hes young and then reforms to have a succesful career after. Charlie is still stuck on step 1.

    April 29, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. heann

    Woot for 16 year olds who know that they want it

    April 29, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mahfuz

    Please, follow celebrity news in

    April 29, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. shafonda

    Charlie rocks, and so does Rob. Quite well-spoken. If you want to judge others, regardless of their celeb status, worry about yourself. Kill yourself otherwise.

    April 29, 2011 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. Not Human

    Charlie Sheen is the man. He is honest crazy and he seems to have a heart bigger than the world. Charlie live and give us many years of Charlie

    April 29, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. Thani

    Why is this even important? This was, what, 20 something years ago? If they're trying to support abstinence and illegal intercourse between adult and minor, they should at least do it a better way. But other than that, this seems so ridiculous.

    April 29, 2011 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |

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    April 29, 2011 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. jean claude van damn

    I just had a charlie sheen shot with a rob lowe chaser...

    April 29, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. bluesteel

    Ted Kennedy...corrupt progressive, God rest his soul.

    April 29, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. james phipps

    Emilio Estevez is the older brother of Charlie Sheen he was most famous for the Mighty Ducks movies and the Breakfast Club, and also staring with Charlie in Men at Work.

    April 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  16. haterr


    April 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  17. prosper

    this show of actors exploiting their iniquitys is interesting.....

    April 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  18. noemi

    He's just pushing his bio I've read was Ted.Kenndys book was a great read if your into reading something of substance.I highly recomend Mr. Kenndys bio.It well educate, make u augh *nd make u cry.Its not a bathroom read .now my freinds go run get Mr.Kenndys novel and be ready to really read a true biography from a truly,truly great man......

    April 28, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. @N

    dat was a long while ago.why did dey even mention him.

    April 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  20. twisted

    @EvilKneivel: you would know, you went to 4 yars of music school to learn the skin flute! I hear your trick is doing 2 at once!

    April 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  21. hope


    April 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ER

    I am an emergency room nurse. We are having A slow spell right now. No mayonaise jars in behinds and whatnot.

    April 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  23. ER

    yeah ! this was afore he started working at the fudje factory.

    April 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Name*Davi

    Sheen has an obvious organic psychiatric disorder. Failure to acknowlege this is ignorant and a disservice to all those with mental illness.

    April 28, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Charles Manson

    I just finished whacking to this tape!

    April 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  26. UNKle Obama

    Who cares about Rob Lowe and Charlie Sheen better die before the end of this year, otherwise im out $200...i never bet against the house..except for when i bet and lost my house

    April 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Bill & Ted

    Dudes, we saw the tape! Rob Lowe musta took lessons from Ron Jeremy! Those were some happy, worn-out girls! (and one tricky pink python!)

    April 28, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  28. balistic

    Charlies the man !

    April 28, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  29. canuck

    "I am on a drug. It's called Charlie Sheen."

    Charlie Sheen

    April 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. kim

    Its all so over rated ...

    April 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  31. h2o

    Just because the tape came out in 89 doesnt mean it was filmed in 89. im not sayin, im just sayin.

    April 28, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bugsy

      The incident occured the night before the Demcratic National Convention in Atlanta in 1988. A quick google search will tell you that the date of the incident was July 17, 1988. Since Rob Lowe was born on March 17, 1964, he was 24 years old at the time. The tape of the incident was released in 1989.

      April 29, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  32. DizzyG

    Sheeee it brother! Let Chalee be Chalee.

    April 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  33. borat pack

    who is emilio estavez? Never heard of this nincompoop!

    April 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  34. borat pack

    @sheenius: I was so there!

    April 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  35. ...

    Emilio estaves is dead!!!! Omg!!! when did this happen.

    April 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. damn

    next your gonna tell me emilio estaves is still alive.

    April 28, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  37. joe bob

    Rob Lowe is a fascinating parody of himself on 'Californication' where he's going to be an actor plays the role in a movie of the main character who slept with someone underage, too. Casting Lowe was not coincidental

    April 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  38. damn

    rob lowe? that guys still alive?

    April 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  39. sheenius

    I am so there!

    April 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  40. party

    hey 16 is legal in Canada

    April 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hollywood Reporter

      Rob Lowe Part 2

      April 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • HollywoodSurF

      Rob Lowe- Part Deux


      April 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • aatami

      Rob Lowe has some issues. First of all his math skills blow. If he is 47 now then in 1989 he was 26 not 22. Wow, he's either a liar or an idiot. I;m betting it's a bit of both.

      April 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike C

      The tape was leaked in 1989. It could have been fom an incident in 1985, who knows?

      April 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • dandruff

      yeah, so is 16 in many states (or counties?) here in the US.

      April 28, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • browsing

      He was 22 when he filmed it... it came our 3 or 4 years after the encounter. If he is 47 ...1989 was 22 years ago so he was 25 or turning 26 when the news came out.

      April 29, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Moscato

      I'm pretty sure Rob Lowe knows how old he was when he had his first Ménage à trois

      April 29, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Be careful what you wish for Party. Do you really want to get preggers at 16? (and I am assuming you are female, but I could be wrong)

      April 29, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |

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