Charlie Sheen Planning Memoir After HIV Revelation
The Wall Street star went public with his HIV-positive diagnosis in a candid U.S. TV interview on Tuesday, Nov 15th revealing he has been battling the virus since 2011. He also revealed he was coming forward with the shocking news in an effort to stop ongoing extortion attempts from ex-lovers, who had already allegedly conned him out of more than $10 million in return for their silence.
“I think I released myself from this prison today,” he told the Today show co-host Matt Lauer. Now sources tell ETonline.com Charlie is preparing to open up about his latest drama in an autobiography, which his manager, Mark Burg, is currently shopping to publishers. In addition to his HIV discovery, the book is expected to detail the highs and lows of his love life, including his failed marriages to model Donna Peele, actress Denise Richards and real estate broker Brooke Mueller, and his long-running screen career, which suffered a brief setback in 2011, when he was fired from hit sitcom Two and a Half Men. His exit came after months of headline-grabbing behavior, which culminated in Charlie engaging in a bitter war of words with show creator Chuck Lorre. During his Today show interview this week, the father-of-five claimed his 2011 meltdown cannot be blamed on his HIV diagnosis, adding, “I wish I could blame it on that, but this was on the heels of that.” He also confessed his penchant for bringing prostitutes into his home while he was dealing with the virus in secret was a mistake, admitting he was “making really bad decisions” due to depression and drug and alcohol addiction. However, Charlie insisted he told every lover of his condition before getting intimate, including two women he had unprotected sex with since his diagnosis. One of those women, nurse Amanda Bruce, has since come forward with her story, telling U.S. TV medic Dr. Mehmet Oz the actor was “very open” about his illness before they took the risk.