Jenny McCarthy and Charlie Sheen have found themselves caught up in an escalating war of words over some remarks McCarthy made about Sheen’s HIV status, MSN is reporting.
You may recall that earlier this week, 50-year-old Sheen announced that he was HIV positive (HIV is the virus that causes AIDS) after a lifetime of drug abuse and sexual promiscuity. Sheen has been HIV positive for over four years but just announced it this week.
— EntertainmentTonight (@etnow) November 19, 2015
That news didn’t sit well with actress Jenny McCarthy, who shared a few kissing scenes with Sheen a few years ago when Sheen starred in Two and a Half Men. Speaking on her radio show on Sirius/XM, McCarthy said that knowing Sheen was HIV positive would have been “valuable information to have” before she kissed him in their kissing scenes.
“Playing even his love interest on the show, back in the day, I go, ‘Ick! That’s not fair. It’s scary.’ I have sympathy for him because, you know, he’s sick and it’s awful, but man, he’s going to have to take some major accountability with many people in his life.”
McCarthy then went on to describe the precautions taken in the TV and film industries to prevent communicable diseases and how they don’t appear to have been followed in Sheen’s case.
“Before we do a job, we have to sign a piece of paper that says, ‘Do you have cold sores?’ You would think that there would be some type of…I don’t want to say, not criminal issue, but. I don’t even know how to feel about that. I’m like, wait a second, ‘If I have to be up front about a herpe, how could you not be up front about HIV?'”
Of course, it’s almost impossible to transmit HIV through kissing, although in rare cases — as in, one or both partners have open sores or bleeding gums — it’s theoretically possible, according to AIDS.gov. As of this post, it’s not clear if Charlie Sheen had open sores or bleeding gums during his kissing scenes with Jenny McCarthy.
To be fair, McCarthy, whose grasp of medical science has been called into question before due to her beliefs about the link between vaccines and autism (there is none), admitted that you can’t get HIV through kissing. But still, she seems to believe Sheen was in the wrong for not disclosing his HIV status to her.
On Wednesday, Sheen’s manager, Mark Burg, struck back at McCarthy’s allegations. He told People that Sheen wasn’t diagnosed with HIV until years after he and McCarthy had worked together on Two and a Half Men.
“Charlie was infected long after he left ‘Two and a Half Men’ and long after he worked with Jenny [McCarthy]” https://t.co/Vxzeq9n3VM
— New York Post (@nypost) November 20, 2015
On Thursday, McCarthy clarified her remarks about Sheen on her radio show. She said she was never concerned about getting HIV from Sheen. Rather, she was pointing out that there’s a double standard in the entertainment industry about how high-profile leading men like Sheen are treated, as opposed to women.
Expanding on my Charlie Sheen actor/actress disclosure statement….. pic.twitter.com/DGlvLdXHc8
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) November 19, 2015
Although Jenny McCarthy appears to be interested in trying to make nice with Sheen, Charlie is far from out of the woods when it comes to his activities after his HIV diagnosis. Attorney Gloria Allred broadly hinted to People that there may be legal action in the future.
“Since Charlie Sheen’s interview yesterday[revelation that he’s HIV positive], I will now confirm that I have been contacted by women with reference to Charlie Sheen and their right. I have no comment on what will happen next.”
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