“I am here to admit that I am HIV positive” – Charlie Sheen
The former star of sitcom Two and a Half Men appeared on NBC’s Today show, ending days of intense media speculation.
On 17 November, Sheen revealed to Matt Lauer he had paid “enough to take it into the millions” to keep people from going public about his illness.
“I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths,” he said, adding he was diagnosed four years ago.
Reports that Sheen had shelled out over $5 Million (£3.3million) to stop allegations of ill-health began to surface, after the Enquirer did an extensive investigation.
Recently, The Enquire publicised the exclusive stating:
“After an exhaustive 18-month investigation, the Enquirer reveals the sex-crazed 50-year-old actor, who has a long history of sleeping with porn stars, strippers and groupies of both sexes, is now desperate to cover up his medical crisis, and it’s costing him millions”.
Instead of allowing the tabloids to dictate his narrative, the controversial actor has since decided to step forward in an effort to reduce the stigma attached to the disease. Sheen’s diagnosis has been known and kept back by TMZ for over two years. Many reporters have rallied to his support and reignited the debate on celebrities’ right to privacy.
TNT Entertainment Frances Scott