Harsh Sony Email Joked About Sheen's HIV Diagnosis

It was released in Sony hack, but never publicized
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2015 10:55 AM CST
Harsh Sony Email Joked About Sheen's HIV Diagnosis
In this Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, file photo, actor Charlie Sheen is mobbed for autographs and photos as he makes his way through Times Square in New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Charlie Sheen's HIV diagnosis was joked about in an email exposed, but never publicized, during last year's Sony hack, the Washington Post reports. The email from a Sony exec was joking about the fact that Sheen wasn't showing up to work on Anger Management, his FX series. "I think I will win the 90/10 bet on the over under on this … it's hard to to be a drug addict and be HIV positive and do 40 eps a year," the email reads. It's always been available on the Wikileaks Sony hack page, but hadn't been released to the larger public until now.

The email was referring to a deal that stated if 10 episodes performed well, FX would order 90 more; the series, which premiered in June 2012 and ended in December 2014, was supposed to film 100 episodes in two years, enough to send it into syndication—and it did end up filming exactly that many. As the Post notes, the email illustrates the fact that some in the industry were very much aware of Sheen's diagnosis before he revealed it publicly. Deadline notes that Sheen is currently looking to do another TV series. (More Charlie Sheen stories.)

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