Charlie Sheen has announced he was diagnosed HIV positive four years ago in an emotional TV interview. The Hollywood actor, who initially thought had a brain tumour, told America’s Today programme: “It’s a hard three letters to absorb.” Sheen, who revealed he had spent ‘millions’ buying people’s silence, said he does not know how he contracted the virus.
He took part in a sit-down interview with Matt Lauer, at 7am local time in New York (noon in the UK), after a US publication yesterday revealed the details.
Sheen admits he had spent a day with a prostitute who went into his bathroom and took a picture of his HIV medication and threatened to extort him. Sheen refuses to reveal how many people he has paid to keep his secret.
Sheen told how after learning he had HIV his life spiralled out of control.
He said: “I was depressed by the condition I was in. I was doing a lot of drugs. I was drinking want too much. I was making really bad decisions. That part I own 100 per cent.”
But he says: “That’s money you’ve taken from my kids”. Sheen says he has come forward to stop barrage of rumours.
He reveals he was diagnosed four years go and initially thought I had a brain tumour.
“It’s a hard three letters to absorb.”
Matt Lauer: What does the future hold?
The actor says he is looking forward to doing a show again. Despite his condition, he says he is “still the best guy for the job”.
Sheen: “I’m going to ride this wave of support” Sheen says he will not become the “poster man” for HIV but he will not shy away from his responsibilities.
Matt Lauer: Has anyone successfully sued you?
Yes, but not for contamination. Just to do with threats to reveal condition.
Sheen confirms Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller knew
Sheen says he called ex Brooke and told her to get checked out immediately as his diagnosis coincided with the start of their relationship in 2011.
Sheen has paid “upwards of $10million”
He admits his financial situation is “not great”.
Matt Lauer: Are you facing a barrage of lawsuits?
Sheen admits: “I’m sure that’s next.” What about criminal charges? “I completely understand and respect that.”
Fears of slipping back into drug use
In four years, Sheen has never once missed taking his medication.
Matt Lauer asks if the actor can curb his drinking.
Sheen: “Maybe after today I can.”
Sheen takes four pills a day
Individuals who are being properly treated have an extremely low risk of passing on the virus. Charlie has had protected sex since being diagnosed.
Dr Robert Huizenga confirms Sheen does NOT have AIDS
Matt Lauer: What is Charlie Sheen’s exact medical condition?
Dr Robert Huizenga has worked with Sheen for about five years.
Sheen has HIV virus but his medication has suppressed it so much that “undetectable level of virus in his blood”. Charlie does NOT have AIDS.
What we know so far from this live Show:
In the first part of his interview with Matt Lauer, Charlie Sheen has admitted his is HIV positive.
He has known for four years.
He has told ‘enough’ people he thought he could trust but has been the victim of extortion.
He refuses to admit how much he has spent buying people’s silence but it is ‘enough to bring it into millions’.
He does not entirely know how he contracted the virus.
It is “impossible” that he has knowingly passed it on to anyone else.
Finally Charlie said
Sheen: “I free myself from this prison today”