Actor Charlie Sheen is HIV positive

Actor Charlie Sheen is HIV positive


Charlie Sheen, the wayward star of US television comedy “Two and A Half Men”, said on Tuesday he was diagnosed as HIV positive some four years ago and had been extorted for more than $10 million to keep the information quiet.Sheen, 50, told NBC’s “Today” TV show he was speaking out because he was being blackmailed, and to refute tabloid reports that he has AIDS and was spreading it to others.”I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of subtruths and very harmful and mercurial stories,” he said.”I am here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive,” Sheen said, adding he was “not entirely sure” how he contracted the virus.Sheen acknowledged he had paid “upwards of $10 million” in recent years to “desperate charlatans” for their silence about his condition but would no longer do so.”I think I released myself from this prison today,” he said.It was unclear on Tuesday whether Sheen would bring any legal action for extortion or blackmail. His representatives did not immediately respond to queries on the matter.Sheen’s doctor, Robert Huizenga, also appeared on the “Today” show and said the actor “does not have AIDS”.

Huizenga said later in an open letter released by the actor that Sheen was taking four antiretroviral drugs and that his viral HIV load was now “consistently undetectable”.Sheen, who has been divorced three times, played the womanising bachelor Charlie Harper on top-rated comedy “Two and A Half Men” for eight years before being fired in 2011 for bad behaviour that included cocaine-fuelled partying with porn stars and a conviction for assaulting his ex-wife.

At the time, he was the highest paid actor on US television, with a reported salary of some $1.8 million per episode.Asked whether he had transmitted HIV to anyone since his diagnosis, Sheen said on Tuesday, “impossible”, adding that he had “always led with condoms and honesty when it came to my condition”.He said he had informed his ex-wives, actresses Brooke Mueller and Denise Richards, immediately after getting his diagnosis.Mueller and Richards both issued statements saying neither they nor their four children with Sheen were HIV positive.


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