One thing Charlie Sheen made very clear during his ‘Today’ show appearance: he was going public to stop all the people who wanted money from him to buy his silence. However, people close to him aren’t so sure his public admission will stop the lawsuits.
Charlie told Matt Lauer had had paid “millions” to people who were “extorting” him to keep quiet about his HIV diagnosis. People is reporting that Charlie has paid out $10 million so far. OUCH. He told Matt that he wouldn’t be paying any more money after his ‘Today’ interview, so it seems that he thinks going public will end the “shake downs” for money. His doctor appeared on the show to confirm that the levels of HIV in his blood were so low that they were not detectable at this time, which suggests that it’s unlikely Charlie has transmitted HIV to anyone.
However, managers and lawyers reportedly warned Charlie that going public wouldn’t stop the lawsuits: it could actually cause them. They said that even if people weren’t HIV positive, they could sue for emotional distress. Oh my. They reportedly fear the lawsuits could leave him “penniless.” Charlie himself admitted that all the money he’s paid out has hurt him financially and his last job was ‘Anger Management,’ which was canceled. He reportedly pays out $110,000 a month in child support alone, so although he’s made a lot of money, he spends it, too.
I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
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