Charlie Sheen Reveals that he is HIV Positive
America's heartthrob, reigning king of the television and the highest paid actor, Charlie Sheen, has confirmed being HIV positive. The 50-year-old star has been often subjected to rumors about his health for several months. But on Tuesday, he broke the silence and the speculation surrounding his condition. He said he had been diagnosed 4-years ago and was coming out in public to end the blackmail that has cost him over $10 Million. "I am here to admit that I am actually HIV positive," he said, speaking on NBC's Today show. "I think I release myself from this prison today."
By his own admission, he slept with over 5,000 women and believes that it is impossible to have infected any one of them. He says he is prepared to face the volley of lawsuits. In 35 states across United States, it is a criminal offence to infect someone with HIV. His ex-wives, Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller knew about his condition and have tested negative along with their children, as reported by Telegraph.
His personal life has been highly dramatic which also led to a public feud between him and the Two and a Half Men Creator Chuck Lorre that led to his untimely exit from the show. His unpredictable and violent behavior has also been the reason for his contentious relationship with his ex-wife Denise Richards. Howard Bragman, top Hollywood publicist and crisis manager said that he was approached by sources that are close to Sheen about his health crisis. Charlie Sheen will be seen in Today show talking about his being HIV positive, tell sources to PEOPLE. Bragman said, "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."