Martin salutes 'courage' of son Charlie Sheen

Martin Sheen has praised his actor son Charlie following the "Platoon" star's confirmation he is living with HIV

Martin salutes 'courage' of son Charlie Sheen

London: Martin Sheen has praised his actor 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.

"I hope that this day is the first day of the rest of Charlie's life as a free man," addded the 75-year-old actor.

Charlie Sheen ended days of intense media speculation by confirming he is HIV positive in a NBC TV interview.

"I have to put a stop to this onslaught, this barrage of attacks and of sub-truths," Sheen told Today show host Matt Lauer, adding he was diagnosed four years ago.

"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". 

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