Charlie Sheen’s HIV status referred to in 2014 Sony e-mail
Charlie Sheen revealed to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show that he’s HIV positive.
An e-mail leaked in last winter’s Sony hack scandal suggests some film industry execs may have known 18 months ago that Charlie Sheen was HIV positive.
In the e-mail, which was sent in March 2014, an executive appears to reference Sheen’s status while joking that it must be difficult for the actor to film 40 episodes a year for his FX series, “Anger Management.”
“I think I will win the 90/10 bet on the over under on this … it’s hard to (sic) be a drug addict and be HIV positive and do 40 eps a year,” the email read.
Linked to the e-mail was an article saying Sheen had missed several days on the show’s set, which angered other members of the cast. The “90/10” remark, meanwhile, was a reference to the show’s deal that if the first 10 “Anger Management” episodes were a success, FX would greenlight the 90 additional episodes needed to push it into syndication.
An e-mail from the 2014 Sony hack revealed execs may have known about Sheen’s condition 18 months ago.
While it’s possible it didn’t come as a surprise to some in the entertainment circuit, Sheen revealed to the public on Tuesday that he was diagnosed with HIV four years ago.
“It’s a hard three letters to absorb,” the actor said on NBC’s “Today” show. “It’s a turning point in one’s life.”
The former “Two and a Half Men” star also revealed he’s paid “countless millions” of dollars to keep people who knew of his status quiet.
The e-mail included a link to a report that Sheen skipped several days on the set of his FX series, “Anger Management.”
He claimed to always “lead with condoms and honesty when it came to my condition” — and even reportedly presented a non-disclosure agreement with those he was about to have sex with, according to In Touch Weekly.
The 50-year-old star said on “Today” that he takes four pills a day without fail, and while he’s not cured, the virus is now undetectable in tests.