Charlie Sheen kept his HIV status under wraps, but everything unraveled when some former partners threatened him with lawsuits … TMZ has learned.
As we reported, Charlie will appear on “Today” and reveal he’s HIV positive.
We’re told he’s known about his status for more than a year and he kept a lid on the information.
We’re told things changed when Charlie confided in several friends he thought were confidants … it turned out they weren’t, and spread the word he was HIV positive.
That led to several of Charlie’s former partners contacting him and threatening a lawsuit because they were unaware of his status when they had interaction with him.
Our sources say Charlie settled several of the cases and, in return for money, got confidentiality agreements.
We’re told one of the settlements occurred late last month.
We also know when people go to Charlie’s house they are almost always required to sign confidentiality agreements which require anyone who might make a claim to do so in arbitration and not through the courts … which thereby keeps things private.
He was once the highest paid actor on television, earning a reported $1.8million per episode for his work on Two and a Half Men during the show’s eighth season.
His acting career began in 1984 when he starred in the film Red Dawn, and he would go on to star in such classics as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Platoon, Wall Street and Major League.
The National Enquirer said Sheen has been safeguarding his HIV status for years while living a high-profile life as a TV star, dating a conga line of adult entertainers and coining crazy catchphrases.
Sheen reportedly doesn’t know how he contracted the virus and
“has been tortured by the thought that his acting genius will be forgotten,”
“Charlie thought he was indestructible and took no precautions — even though he was indulging in high-risk sex practices,”
Several women have claimed Sheen exposed them to the virus, and that the “Wall Street” star reached a financial settlement with one woman to buy her silence.
Ex-fiancée Scottine Ross blasted Sheen for his allegedly reckless ways in a video provided to The Enquirer.
“You exposed me to HIV for a year and a half!”
she lashed out, according to the publication.
Bragman says he was informed that Sheen “is getting treatment, and a lot of people in his life know about it.”
“It’s been going on for quite awhile. He’s not necessarily comfortable talking about it. It was very hard to get up the courage for him to talk about it.”
“I’ve known about this a long time, it’s not a surprise to me,”
“I feel very sorry for his pain. And I hope it’s used as a teachable moment for the world. This is a disease that can affect anyone.”
Sheen’s ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, even claimed the father of her twin sons “potentially” infected her with HIV.
“I had a drug-induced psychotic break at Charlie’s after doing drugs with Charlie for that many days,”
Mueller reportedly wrote in a text message shared with The Enquirer.
“I couldn’t handle the HIV news. Just 6 months ago I was diagnosed with the eye disease and then Charlie potentially giving me HIV.”
The actor, 50, has long struggled with substance abuse and has admitted to soliciting prostitutes in the past.