New York: Television star Charlie Sheen revealed his HIV positive status on Tuesday on a live television show. In that show the actor exclaimed that he had paid people upward of $10 million to keep quiet while now he wanted to stop “to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me.”
“I think that I release myself from this prison today,” he said while according to him it put to the payments he was making to keep people quiet. “It is a hard three letters to absorb,” he also added.
“Regardless of their saltless reputations, I always lead with condoms and honesty when it came to my condition,” he said. “Sadly, my truth soon became their treason, as a deluge of blackmail and extortion took center stage in this circus of deceit.” He did not provide specifics about the claims of extortion.
Bree Olson, a former actress in pornographic movies, said that she was involved with Sheen for about a year and lived with him for about six months during the time after his HIV diagnosis. “He never said anything to me,” Olson said on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM Radio show. “I was his girlfriend. I lived with him. We were together. We had sex almost every day for a year.”
“If he has one person come out and say: ‘I saw the interview, I went to get tested. I have HIV. We never had a conversation about you having HIV before we had sex. I have been damaged. You are going to pay,’ that is a problem for him,” said Mike Paul, president of Reputation Doctor, a crisis and reputation management firm in New York.
Sheen said that since he received his diagnosis he had never missed taking his medication, and that he was not taking recreational drugs but was still drinking. Asked whether he would stop drinking, Sheen said, “Perhaps the freedom of today may lead to that as well.”