Gloria Allred Says Charlie Sheen's Former Partners Have Been Calling Her Up
Feminist attorney Gloria Allred—who has been representing a number of the Cosby accusers—said that she's now being contacted by women about Charlie Sheen.The 50-year-old actor announced his HIV-positive status this week in an interview with NBC's TODAY show, and claimed that he had disclosed his status to every sexual partner he's had since finding out. However, some of those partners—including former adult actress and Sheen "goddess" Bree Olsen— have since come forward saying he never told them.
Allred told BuzzFeed that since Sheen's interview, "I will now confirm that I have been contacted by women with reference to Charlie Sheen and their rights."
She did not confirm that she was planning on representing any of the women, or what the women's intentions are as far as legal action goes. However, Sheen may be in trouble. In California, a person who knowingly exposes someone to HIV could face 8 years in prison.
The women could also potentially file civil claims against the actor if Sheen never disclosed his status, according to legal analyst Troy Slaten. Sheen would not be held liable if he did inform his partners, because then the partner knowingly assumes the risk.
Actress Jenny McCarthy said that she was upset that Sheen never disclosed his status to his coworkers on Two And A Half Men in an episode of her show on SiriusXM. McCarthy was a recurring guest star on the show who played a love interest of Sheen's character.
"Now being on Two and a Half Men myself, I feel like in playing a love interest, you would think there would be some type of, I don't want to say criminal issue, but I don't even know how to feel about that." McCarthy went on to say, "If I have to be upfront about a herpe how could you not be upfront about HIV?"
The simple answer to McCarthy's question would be that HIV is not spread via saliva. However, Sheen's manager also said that Sheen contracted the virus after Two and a Half Men.
Meanwhile, Allred is also suing Cobb County in Georgia for denying her entrance to a Bill Cosby show, even though she had bought a ticket, because Allred was on a list of potential "agitators" who were banned from the show. Allred said she wasn't attending the show to disrupt Cosby, but to "gain insight that would help me in the representation of many alleged victims of Bill Cosby whom I represented at the time."