Some of Charlie Sheen’s ex-lovers plan to sue the actor following his revelation that he is HIV positive.
According to Daily News, at least five of Sheen’s former lovers are considering facing the former “Two and a Half Men” actor in court following his disclosure to Matt Lauer on “Today” show that he was diagnosed for HIV four years ago.
Watch full Charlie Sheen’s interview at “Today” here.
Daily News cited its legal source saying that the unidentified women claim Sheen did not disclose his HIV status before bedding them.
The women are considering claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, sexual battery, and negligent transmission of a sexually transmitted disease, the source said.
The southern California lawyer added: “These aren’t shakedowns. If Charlie Sheen’s name was Charlie Brown, he still could be sued. He needs to own up to what he did. What he did was not only civilly actionable but probably criminal too.”
Daily News noted that the lawyer source described his clients as a mix of film stars, fans, and escorts. He added that 10 potential victims had reached out to him for representation in relation to Sheen’s revelation as of Tuesday.
In 24 states in the US, including in California where Sheen currently lives, concealing HIV-positive status is illegal. Under the HIV Law and Policy, a person who is aware of his or her HIV-positive status must disclose it to any sexual partners, Daily News noted.
On “Today” interview, Sheen stressed that he always informed his sex partners about his condition and he has not transmitted the virus to anyone.
Sheen cited his ex-wives Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller, whom the actor said he informed about the diagnosis when he found out.
Although he admitted having unprotected sex with two people since the diagnosis, Sheen insisted that both were informed ahead of time and have been under the care of his doctor.
The “Anger Management” star added that he is going public with his illness for several reasons, including that he’s been blackmailed and paid out at least $10 million payoff to keep his diagnosis a secret.
The actor said depression over his condition led him to drug and alcohol use, and made lot of bad decisions that resulted in hiring prostitutes who have blackmailed him.