Now PEOPLE has learned the 50-year-old actor has been mulling the idea of documenting his journey living with the virus on a new reality show.
“Charlie was shopping a series around,” a source tells PEOPLE, “but it’s not clear what the status of it is.”
In the bombshell interview with Today show’s Matt Lauer, Sheen admitted that he was extorted for $10 million over several years as he tried to hide his status from the world.
“I’m here to admit that I am in fact HIV-positive and I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths and very harmful stories that I am threatening the health of others, which couldn’t be farther from the truth,” he said.
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During the interview, Sheen said he was diagnosed about four years ago after he suffered from “crushing headaches and insane migraines and sweating the bed, completely drenched two to three nights in a row.”
The actor said he decided to come forward after being “shaken down” by people whom he thought he could trust but who extorted him “into the millions,” including a prostitute who took a photo of his antiretroviral medication and threatened to sell it to the tabloids.
After revealing his HIV-positive status, Sheen was faced with several lawsuits after admitting that he didn’t tell partners that he was carrying the virus.
After contradicting what he told Lauer, Sheen claimed that he did not put any partners at risk, saying, “Protection was always in place.”