Charlie Sheen has admitted that he is HIV Positive.
After several reports and rumors, Sheen sat down with Matt Lauer on Today to discuss his diagnosis and the ripple effect it has caused in his life.
While Charlie admitted that his relationship with some “unsavory” types (read prostitutes) may have lead to him contracting the disease, he also says it was those people who took advantage of him and extorted him. Sheen also admitted that the shakedowns cost him millions!
In the candid conversation, the “Two and a Half Men” star also stated that he disclosed his status to all of his sexual partners and used protection during his escapades, with the exception of two relationships in which his partners were under the care of his doctor. The actor, who says he no longer does drugs but still drinks, has experienced depression since his diagnosis, but his doctor maintains that Charlie is very healthy with undetectable levels of the disease in his system.
While looking to accomplish several things with this revealing interview, Charlie’s main objectives were to stop the shakedowns and help spread awareness about the disease. It remains to be seen if his goals are accomplished.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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