Charlie Sheen announced that he’s HIV positive a couple of weeks ago, and he openly admitted that he decided to publicly announce his diagnosis to stop the people who were going after him and negotiating financial settlements to keep quiet about his health status. Some people feel sorry for him with all the threatened lawsuits he’s facing, but Burt Reynolds isn’t one of those people.
When asked about Charlie, Burt had this to say:
His father’s a very, very decent man and a dear friend of mine. I feel bad for him. But Charlie, I don’t feel bad for him. He’s getting what he deserves. If you’re going to misbehave like that, then they’re going to get you.”
I have always noticed the difference between Charlie and his father, Martin Sheen. Charlie even seems very different from his brother, Emilio Estevez. Charlie’s definitely the proverbial playboy and then some.
When pressed if Burt truly had no sympathy for Charlie, he said:
For Charlie? No. He deserves it. He misbehaved badly, very badly. But you know, when you’re that age, it’s tough. All those things are coming at you, and it’s difficult.”
I have to say, I see Burt’s point. If Charlie was having sex, especially unprotected sex, without revealing his HIV status, which some of these lawsuits allege, then he should be held accountable for that, whether the people actually contracted HIV or not. It’s his responsibility to be open with his sexual partners about any health issues that are communicable. For people just blackmailing him to keep quiet about his status… well, that is pretty rotten.
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