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Burt Reynolds blasted for saying Charlie Sheen ‘deserves’ HIV positive status

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Screen legend Burt Reynolds is under fire for saying he thought Charlie Sheen deserved his HIV-positive status on national television.

The 79-year-old made the comments on UK television show Loose Women when asked if he sympathised with the actor.

Reynolds himself was the subject of HIV rumours in the 1980s after he lost a considerable amount of weight due to a prescription pain killer addiction.

“He’s handled it badly, I think,” he said. “His father [West Wing actor Martin Sheen] is a very, very decent man and a dear friend of mine.”

“I feel bad for him. But Charlie? I don’t feel bad for him. He’s getting what he deserves. If you’re going to misbehave, then they’re going to get you.”

When pressed by host Ruth Langsford to clarify his comments, Reynolds went further.

“No, he deserves it. He misbehaved badly. Very badly. But you know when you’re that age, it’s tough. All the things are coming at you and it’s difficult.”

The comments were blasted by UK-based HIV charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, as well as shocked viewers, who called Reynolds “ignorant”.

“What a horrible thing to say,” one woman wrote on Twitter. Did Burt Reynolds really just say Charlie Sheen deserved what he got? #loosewomen— Madeleine Rich (@MadeleineRich) December 8, 2015#loosewomen#burtreynolds what a horrible thing to say about #CharlieSheen, felt sorry for #ruthlangsford she didn’t know how to react.— gilly (@gillypants) December 8, 2015What an ignorant person Burt Reynolds is!! How can he utter those words – Charlie Sheen deserved HIV!! #loosewomen— Nina Boyden (@BoydenNina) December 8, 2015

Terrence Higgins Trust executive director of external affairs, Shaun Griffin, also shot-down the harmful comments.

“The comments made today on Charlie Sheen’s HIV status are completely unnecessary,” Griffin told the UK’s Independent. “It is not right for anybody to be deemed ‘deserving’ of HIV, or any health condition.”

Reynolds is currently on the publicity circuit for his new memoir, But Enough About Me.

Sheen, 50, revealed his HIV status on NBC’s Today show last month, saying he wanted to put an end to rumour and speculation.

“I am here to admit I am HIV-positive and I have to put a stop to the onslaught and barrage of attacks and sub-truths and harmful stories that are about threatening the health of so many others,” he said.

In 2012, the former Two and a Half Men star was forced to apologise for a homophobic slur at the opening of a club after he called the audience ‘f**gots’.

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