Charlie Sheen's HIV status butt of jokes in leaked Sony emails

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Charlie Sheen Is HIV-Positive

Charlie Sheen may have just publicly revealed his HIV-positive status, but his illness was the topic of conversation — and a laughing matter — among Hollywood execs 18 months ago, as revealed in emails leaked from last year's Sony hack.

According to Wikileaks documents, Sony Pictures Television Chairman Steve Mosko sent an email in March 2014 about Sheen's FX show, "Anger Management."

"I think I will win the 90/10 bet on the over under on this," Mosko allegedly wrote about the show hitting the 100-episode mark needed to push it into syndication. "It's hard to be a drug addict and be HIV positive and do 40 eps a year."

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The email also linked to an article about Sheen missing work and not showing up to set on several occasions.

The "90/10" remark was a reference to the show's deal with producer Lionsgate that if the first 10 episodes of "Anger Management" were a success, FX would order 90 additional ones. The show reached 100 episodes before being canceled last year.

Sheen announced that he was HIV positive on the "Today" show Tuesday morning.

"I am here to admit that I am in fact HIV positive," the "Two and a Half Men" alum told Matt Lauer. "I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and sub-truths, and very harmful and mercurial stories that threaten the health of so many others that couldn't be farther from the truth."

The actor said he had paid "millions" to unnamed individuals who had threatened to expose his HIV-positive status. "I think I release myself from this prison today," he said.


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