It seems that confidentiality agreements aren’t what they used to be, and Charlie Sheen is finding this out the hard way. He has been sitting on a diagnosis of HIV for reportedly over a year, and now he is scheduled to go on television tomorrow and let the world know. But how did this information get out? It is chiefly do to lawsuits from former partners that got wind of his diagnosis.
TMZ is reporting that the information about Sheen’s status came about after lawsuits began swirling from several of his former sexual partners. It seems he told several friends he thought were confidants, who then spread the word.
“That led to several of Charlie’s former partners contacting him and threatening a lawsuit because they were unaware of his status when they had interaction with him. Our sources say Charlie settled several of the cases and, in return for money, got confidentiality agreements.”
It is suggested that the “friends” who shared the information were perhaps those who went back awhile, and Sheen must have thought they were trustworthy.
The New York Daily News says that the lawsuit that tipped the whole thing off was from Sheen’s former fiancee, Scottine Rossi, also known as Brett Rossi, an adult film star. She was the most recent person that he finally settled a suit with. The paper revealed that Sheen had been with “a conga line of adult entertainers” and had been living recklessly for years.
“Charlie thought he was indestructible and took no precautions — even though he was indulging in high-risk sex practices.”
Another suspected source for the leak is Brooke Mueller, who is one of Sheen’s ex wives and the mother of his twin boys. She has gone public with the information that Sheen had “potentially infected her with HIV.”
According to International Business Times, Sheen knew about his positive status for months and did not tell Rossi during the time they were engaged. They were allegedly having unprotected sex for four months before Sheen revealed his status. According to Sheen, their relationship ended on a good note.
“Scotty and I had a great year together as we traveled the world and crossed a lot of things off our bucket list,” Sheen said. “She’s a terrific gal, but we’ve mutually decided to go our separate ways and to not spend the rest of our lives together.”
During negotiations, Rossi took to Twitter to share her disgust, and obviously she didn’t think things ended so well.
“Only you and I know what happened behind closed doors … And YOU know what happened wasn’t right. So keep spinning people’s wheels,” she posted. “They only listen & agree because they are on ur payroll. Yes, these tweets are aimed directly to u … hope ur minions inform u as they always do.”
People Magazine included information from one of Charlie Sheen’s other porn star exes, Bree Olson, who said she was not one of the lawsuits, and the she had been tested and was negative.
“There are speculations circling that one of my ex boyfriends from years ago may have contracted the HIV virus. They are rumors and I know nothing more than anyone else,” wrote Olson, 29. “I, myself have been to my gynecologist at least once a year since we split up and have always been tested across the board for everything and have came back clean across the board every time.”
Charlie Sheen will talk to Matt Lauer on the Today Show tomorrow to discuss living with HIV. Will you watch?
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