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Video: Charlie Sheen Reveals he is HIV+ on the TODAY Show, After Paying Over $10 Million in Extortion Fees

What an interview. Charlie Sheen revealed today that he is HIV Positive in an exclusive TODAY interview with Matt Lauer. Here are some highlights from the interview with the 50-year-old actor.

  1.  He came forward to avoid continued attacks and extortion. He has paid over $10million in extortion fees to people to keep thing a secret. “I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful and mercurial stories that are about me, threatening the health of so many others that couldn’t be further from the truth,” he said.
  2. “It’s a hard three letters to absorb. It’s a turning point in one’s life.”
  3. He had sex with a prostitute who he told about his health status. She also threatened to expose him.
  4. He was doing a lot of drugs and making bad decisions even after knowledge of his HIV+ status.
  5. He has had unprotected sex even after his diagnosis.
  6. He has told everyone he has had sexual intercourse with about his HIV+ status.

Watch clips from the interview:

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