NEW YORK — Charlie Sheen, the wayward star of U.S. TV comedy “Two and A Half Men,” said on Tuesday he was diagnosed as HIV positive around four years ago and had been extorted for more than $10 million to keep the information quiet.
Sheen, 50, told NBC’s “Today” TV show he was speaking out because he was being blackmailed, and to refute tabloid reports that he has AIDS and was spreading it to others.
“I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of subtruths and very harmful and mercurial stories,” he said.
“I am here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive,” Sheen said, adding he was “not entirely sure” how he contracted the virus.
Sheen acknowledged he had paid “upwards of $10 million” in recent years to “desperate charlatans” for their silence about his condition.
The actor, who is three times divorced and has dated many porn stars, said it was “impossible” that he had transmitted the virus to anyone else. He said he “always led with condoms and honesty when it came to my condition.”
But former porn star Bree Olson, one of the “goddesses” who lived with Sheen for a year four years ago, said on Tuesday he had never informed her of his HIV status.
“Never said anything. Ever. ‘I’m clean,’ he told me. ‘I’m clean, I’m clean’,” Olson told Howard Stern in a radio interview on Tuesday. Olson, who said she has since tested negative for HIV, made similar statements to entertainment TV show “Inside Edition.”
Irrfan Khan diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour
MUMBAI — Actor Irrfan Khan on Friday has revealed that he is diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour.
The 51-year-old star of dozens of Bollywood films, as well as Hollywood movies Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi, is suffering from a rare neuroendocrine tumour, according to the message he has posted on Twitter.
“The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope,” he said.
“The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes. As for the rumours that were floated, neuro is not always about the brain and Googling is the easiest way to do research 😉 To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell.”
— Irrfan (@irrfank) March 16, 2018
Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) are most commonly located in the intestine, lungs or pancreas, and can be cancerous or non-cancerous. No further details were given about his condition and one of Khan’s representatives told Associated Press he had no further information.
His revelation comes days after the internationally known acclaimed actor left fans worried by informing them via social media that his life had been shaken up by a ‘rare disease’.
Khan on Monday had tweeted, “Sometimes you wake up with a jolt with life shaking you up. The last fifteen days, my life has been a suspense story. Little had I known that my search for rare stories would make me find a rare disease. I have never given up and have always fought for my choices and always will. My family and friends are with me and we are working it out the best way possible. In trying times, please don’t speculate as I will myself share with you my story within a week – ten days, when the further investigations come with a conclusive diagnosis. Till then, wish the best for me”.Follow @gorkhapost