Hollywood has gone into a tizzy after news broke of an A-list star being diagnosed with HIV.
British tabloid The Sun, while choosing not to name the star, has reported that the actor was aware of carrying the disease for a number of years but did not disclose it to his countless partners.
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The actor, who has had a "host of high profile sexual partners", is preparing for a legal battle now that news of his condition has become "common knowledge". According to the report, his lawyers are "preparing for a raft of potential legal claims from previous lovers".
“The reality is that if he’s knowingly put women at risk then that’s disgusting and it’s only a matter of time before that becomes public,” claims the report.
“He’s also concerned a lot of exes and previous one-night stands could look to sue," The Sun quoted a 'US showbiz insider' as saying.
His friends have urged him to open up and face the odds, but the actor has refused to come out in the open, fearing his career and life may face severe consequences.
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A report on entertainment website Radar Online reported a similar story, including lurid details about the star's personal life.
“His worst fear is that he will be remembered not as a great actor but as someone who contracted the disease,” Radar quoted a source as saying.
Some newspapers have speculated that it's Charlie Sheen.
Twitter went into a frenzy upon hearing the news, largely pointing fingers at the former Two and a Half Men star:
Damn some MEGA STAR Hollywood actor who's said to be a womanizer knew he was HIV positive and still chose to be a womanizer 😔😔😔😔😔😔😔😔— Jonica Booth (@Blu1x) November 12, 2015
A-list HiV womanizer actor..... My guess is Leo decaprio or Charlie Sheen— ZLucy 🙈 (@_Lucy_Lu_) November 12, 2015
Damn the shade room said an A-List actor reportedly has HIV....I look at the comments and hella ppl said Charlie Sheen...Damn— PiscesGang 🤙🏾 (@ThaReal_Tim) November 12, 2015
@TheSun We have already confirmed that the Hollywood actor with HIV is Charlie Sheen. No word yet on whether he has AIDS.— Spout for IOS (@Theseattleflash) November 11, 2015