Charlie Sheen: 'I've infected no one'
Charlie Sheen insists he hasn't infected anybody with HIV.
The 50-year-old actor was diagnosed with the disease in 2011, but only went public with it last year (15). Since his revelation, several women have made the decision to sue him, claiming that he knowingly had unprotected sex without disclosing his illness.
But in a new interview with television show Good Morning Britain on Monday (20Jun16), Charlie stressed that he has never passed on the condition to anyone else, and claims that he has are entirely incorrect.
"What people need to focus on and need to understand, because it's the absolute truth, is that I've infected no one," Charlie said. "There's no one coming at me... it has just not happened."
Asked if he feels guilty about the women claiming otherwise, Charlie added: "Yes and no. The ones that were there for their own gain, for their own folly, they are not a part of my journey anymore. "
Charlie was diagnosed with HIV when he was rushed to hospital with what he thought was cancer. After doctors broke the news to him, the actor admits he took a "quiet moment" to absorb the information before thinking about how he was going to move on with his life.
"The first thing you think about is, 'How did it happen? Where did it happen?' You start going back through your mind like, 'Who was involved, what was the thing?' And most people that are positive can't pinpoint that exact moment, they can't do it, and I'm one of them. I thought I was dying when I went to the hospital but then after the spinal tap and everything and then it was revealed. And then it was like there was a quiet moment - I had to just sit with it for a second. I looked over at mom and she was like, 'You've gotten through harder times, so...' And I was like, 'Are you sure?'"
Charlie also recalled the moment he first told his father, actor Martin Sheen, about the diagnosis. The 75-year-old star was "respectful and supportive" when he heard the news.
"We got into a debate one night and he was talking about AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and this sort of stuff and he kept talking about the disease of alcoholism. I hadn't told him yet... and I said, 'Hey pop, you wanna hear about a real fricking disease?' And that's when i told him. And he's never brought up AA again," he smiled.
- Cover Media