Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred says she has been contacted by Charlie Sheen’s exes after the actor revealed he had HIV.
Charlie Sheen revealed on November 17 he was diagnosed four years ago.
Gloria Allred confirmed she had been “contacted by women with reference to Charlie Sheen and their rights. I have no comment on what will happen next”.
In the Today show interview, Charlie Sheen said it was “impossible” that he would have passed HIV on to anyone else.
Charlie Sheen, 50, said he hoped the interview would put a stop to an “onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths of very harmful and mercurial stories about threatening the health of so many others, which couldn’t be further from the truth”.
The actor said when he revealed his HIV status to friends “the truth became treason”, leading to “blackmail and extortion and a circle of deceit”.
Charlie Sheen said he had paid “enough to take it into the millions” to keep people from going public about his illness.
Since the interview a number of his exes have given TV interviews.
Gloria Allred is known for taking on high-profile cases connected to celebrities.
She is currently representing several women who claim they were either drugged or assaulted by the comedian Bill Cosby.
Gloria Allred was involved in cases against OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson.
People with HIV may be prosecuted for intentionally or recklessly infecting another person.
In the US, 67 laws explicitly focused on people living with HIV had been enacted in 33 states by 2011. They cover not disclosing the virus to partners – even if the transmission risk is minimal or nonexistent – donating HIV-infected organs and spitting HIV-infected bodily fluids.