It turns out that actor Charlie Sheen’s HIV diagnosis wasn’t exactly a secret, as a Sony executive joked about it in emails, revealed in the Sony Hack back in March 2014.
When the news hit the media about a middle aged playboy with HIV, speculation was rife. Inquisitr reported on the story of the HIV positive playboy, saying that many women in Hollywood were nervous and running to doctors for an HIV test. At that time, comments on the social media were bringing up Charlie Sheen’s name and, of course, it turned out they were right.
Sheen appeared on the Today show Tuesday and told the world that he had been diagnosed HIV-positive around four years ago. The actor went on to say he had confided in his ex-wives, Brooke Mueller and Denise Richards, and had told other close friends and family members of his HIV diagnosis, leading to several people blackmailing him about the news. He said this is what made him decide to come clean about the story. Sheen went on to claim he had spent $10 million trying to keep the story quiet.
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Despite the news being a surprise to many, and according to an article in US Magazine, it turns out Charlie Sheen’s HIV positive status was actually discussed in an email from a Sony executive, and said email was then released and publicly available in the March 2014 Sony Hack.
According to the Washington Post, an exec involved in a show sent the email, saying it was doubtful Sheen would turn up for work, considering he’s a “drug addict” and “HIV positive.”
The email referred to the FX series, Anger Management, and the exec wrote, “I think I will win the 90/10 bet on the over under on this … it’s hard to be a drug addict and be HIV positive and do 40 eps a year.”
Included in the email was a link to an article in TV Week, stating how crew members on Anger Management were threatening to quit the show, after Sheen didn’t turn up for work. Reportedly the show had a very aggressive filming schedule, with 100 episodes filmed in just two years.
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Reportedly the email went on to joke that Charlie Sheen wouldn’t be able to make it to the 100 episode mark, required if Anger Management was to get syndication. The 90/10 reference referred to a deal relating to the show that said if 10 episodes did well, FX would order 90 more episodes.
Charlie Sheen got the gig on the FX series after his major fallout with Two and a Half Men boss Chuck Lorre in 2011. When Sheen was fired from the hit show, he reportedly threatened to sue for $11 million, but then went over to FX for Anger Management¸ premiering in June 2012 and running through to December 2014.
So despite the HIV diagnosis and rumors running rife in Hollywood as to which middle aged playboy was involved, it seems Sony execs, at least, knew exactly who that person was. While the various pages and emails involved in the Sony hack were out there for anyone to see on the WikiLeaks website, somehow the story never went public.
In the meantime the Inquisitr reports the Hollywood actor could quite possibly be jailed for exposing his many partners to the HIV virus and could end up spending close to a decade behind bars.
In his Today show interview, Charlie Sheen said that he always told his sex partners that he was HIV positive and that he always used protection. However, the Inquisitr article mentions TMZ had reported that Sheen had settled several cases with people who had sex with him, unaware of his HIV status. If he was unprotected during sex, this could reportedly lead to him heading behind bars.
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