On Nov. 16, 2015, the entertainment world went into a tizzy when The National Enquirer released their cover story two days ahead of schedule (the magazine actually hits stands Wednesday), outing Charlie Sheen as hiding his HIV status. This story was 18 months in the making and then, suddenly, NBC announced that Sheen was sitting down for an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer were he was set to reveal something personal.
And sure enough, Sheen kept to the script and acknowledged that he was HIV positive and had been for four years. "I'm here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive," Sheen said. "It's a hard three letters to absorb. It's a turning point in one's life." It's also, as it turns out, been a costly exercise keeping his secret at bay, with Sheen admitting to paying "upwards of 10 million dollars" to people who blackmailed him about releasing information relating to his health and says that by coming clean about his HIV, he is now released from a self-imposed prison of treason by those who betrayed his trust.
While the 50-year-old was frank about the disease, he admitted that he was "not entirely" sure how he contracted the virus. But given his hell-raising antics and drug-fueled binges, plus the sordid company he keeps, it wasn't exactly earth-shattering news that his hedonist lifestyle finally caught up with him. The Hollywood hell-raiser is no stranger to trouble, which has seen him snare column inches after column inches.
Here are 12 Controversial Things Charlie Sheen Has Said And Done.
12 Hospitalized After Using $20,000 Worth Of Drugs
11 Sheen Had Unprotected Sex While HIV Positive
10 Turned Up Inebriated To Pick Up His Twins
9 Accused Of Assaulting Dental Technician
8 Allegedly Told Denise Richards To Get Cancer And Rot In Hell
This went down as one of the nastiest divorces in Hollywood history. On April 19, 2006, Denise Richards filed for divorce from Sheen claiming he was addicted to prostitutes and gambling - and even more shocking, underage porn. Richards was also forced to get a restraining order, saying Sheen attacked her at their home in 2005. A few days later, he released a statement, which read: “Obviously, what has taken place is vile, is unconscionable, is without merit, is a transparent and immature smear campaign. She’s claiming certain things. It’s baseless.”
7 Allegedly Threatened To Kill Brooke Mueller
6 Knocked Girlfriend Unconscious
In 1997, Brittany Ashland filed a lawsuit "claiming that on Dec. 20, 1996, Sheen grabbed her by the hair and slammed her onto the marble floor of his Agoura Hills home," according to CBS News. As a result, she was knocked unconscious and her lip was split so badly that she required seven stitches. If that wasn't bad enough, he also allegedly forced her to take off her bloody clothes and threatened to kill her if she uttered a word about the incident.
5 Allegedly Shot Then Fiancée Kelly Preston In The Arm
4 Calls Chuck Lorre A "Retarded Zombie"
3 Trashes Hotel Room, Causing $7,000 Worth Of Damage
2 Sheen Would Rather Chug Draino Than Meet Rihanna
1 Waves Machete After Business Meeting
In the midst of his fallout with Warner Bros., who fired him, Sheen seemed desperate to stay in the public eye - and seemingly would do anything to capture attention, such as waving a huge machete around and drinking from a bottle of "Tiger Blood" after a meeting at Live Nation in a Beverly Hills office. Warner Bros. summed it up perfectly at the time, writing to Sheen's lawyer: "your client has been engaged in dangerously self-destructive conduct and appears to be very ill."
Sources: CBS; TMZ; People; E!; Today
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