Charlie Sheen just settled a lawsuit that has haunted him for years

Despite once being one of the highest paid actors on television, Charlie Sheen is seemingly nothing but an endless source of drama. While he was a huge star in the 1980s, modern audiences mostly remember him from Chuck Lorre’s “Two and a Half Men.” In the series he played the female bachelor Charlie Harper. And as it turns out, his real life wasn’t all that different from his on-screen personality.

Initially, this was just to add to the comedy of the series, but as more was revealed about Sheen’s illegal activities, fewer fans were willing to let it slide. More importantly, Warner Bros, the parent company behind “Two and a Half Men,” found his erratic behavior, like calling himself “a total rock star from Mars,” problematic. As a result, he was fired from the show in 2011, which more or less served as a catalyst for Sheen to fall out of favor with the general public.

From multiple ugly divorces to genuinely troubling interviews, Sheen spiraled in the 2010s, hitting rock bottom after the cancellation of another comedy series, Anger Management. And in 2015, actor Matt Lauer revealed that he was, in fact, HIV positive, surprising almost nobody. Now Sheen finally faces consequences for reckless behavior amid his diagnosis.

Charlie Sheen settles lawsuit after 5 years

Unfortunately, Charlie Sheen wasn’t the pickiest when it came to choosing sex partners. By his own admission, he put 25 people at risk of contracting HIV before coming forward. While he wasn’t exactly expressing regret, the actor said during his Today reveal that “it’s hard to take in three letters.”

One of those individuals, who declined to be named, filed a lawsuit against Sheen in 2017 for failing to disclose her HIV status. Though the lawsuit didn’t name the actor, all the details matched, and it’s widely believed he’s the defendant in question, especially since she directly said he disclosed his HIV status on television. Per TMZ, the courtroom argument ended with the defendant settling with the plaintiff and agreeing to pay $120,000 in $10,000 installments.

Despite the drama surrounding his health, Sheen told Matt Lauer that he never intended to hurt anyone. Rather, he hid his HIV status due to blackmail attempts by people in his “inner circle.” He stated that his “confidence had turned to her betrayal” that he wanted to “release”. [himself] out of this prison” by speaking his truth.