When Charlie Sheen came out HIV-positive in 2015, there was a surge in people getting going to get HIV tests. Following the announcement, the movie star was caught in a public lawsuit by his ex-fiancee Scottine Ross who sued him for allegedly exposing her to HIV.
Another ex-girlfriend followed up with an additional lawsuit last summer, claiming he failed to disclose his status to her before sex. In her suit, the plaintiff (referred to as Jane Doe) says they had condomless sex and Sheen gave her antiretrovirals to use as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent transmission, reports Page Six.
Now, Sheen says in legal documents the latter claim is bogus and that he did, in fact, tell her he was HIV-positive before they had sex.
TMZ reports that in legal documents, Sheen refers to her as a "professional hooker party girl" who gets paid for sex as a high-end escort. He adds that he told her he was HIV-positive the moment they were introduced, further admitting he showered her with money and gifts during their less than two-month-long relationship.
Sheen claims the woman signed an NDA before they had sex, which requires her to keep quiet about their escapades.
Lawsuits against HIV-positive people for failing to disclose is all too common. According to the Williams Institute, 800 people have been victims of HIV criminalization laws from 1988 to 2014. Of that number, 98 percent did not require proof of intent and 93 percent didn’t require proof of conduct. Many of them have been jailed.
Last fall, California saw a huge victory this week against HIV criminalization laws when the California Assembly voted to reduce the penalty for intentionally exposing a person to HIV from a felony to a misdemeanor.