Martin Sheen has commended his celebrity son Charlie following the Platoon star’s confirmation he is living with HIV.
“I couldn’t believe the level of courage I was witnessing,” the West Wing star said at an event in Florida.
Charlie Sheen ended days of intense media speculation by confirming he is HIV positive in an NBC TV interview.
“I hope that this day is the first day of the rest of Charlie’s life as a free man,” Sheen told Today show host Matt Lauer, including he was diagnosed four years back.
“It’s a hard three letters to absorb,” the 50-year-old went on, saying his “shame and anger” at the initial diagnosis led to “substance abuse and fathomless drinking”.