Since news broke that an A-list actor in Hollywood may have HIV and never told a slew of partners, many have been wondering who this alleged star could be.
The news was originally reported in The Sun, which claimed the unnamed actor has had a host of high-profile sexual partners who he never told about his supposed condition.
According to the report, these exes include an award-winning actress, a religious movie star, a top Hollywood personality with a controversial past, a TV star, a media personality and a glamour model.
"It has now become common knowledge that this star is HIV positive, something he has known for a number of years," a source allegedly said. "His lawyers are bracing for the threat of potential action. The reality is that if he's knowingly put women at risk then that's disgusting and it's only a matter of time before that becomes public."
The report also claimed that the actor has been encouraged to come forward with the truth and be honest, but he's paranoid that not only would his career be put at risk, but that he'd be opening himself up to legal action from several ex partners, including the high-profile exes and even one-night stands.
"He's distraught about the possibility of the illness becoming a defining quality of his career," the source said. "He's also concerned a lot of exes and previous one-night stands could look to sue."
And while many have now slammed the Sun for how they reported the story, with many claiming it puts a stigma on HIV once again, others haven't been able to keep from speculating about who the actor might be.
On social media, many names have been floated around as the possible actor, with the most speculation being overwhelmingly pointed at Charlie Sheen. Other names that have been floated around have included Robert Downey Jr., Colin Farrell, Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Apparently a well known womanising Hollywood actor has HIV.. My money is 100% on Charlie Sheen
— D.O.A (@DosOfAdrenaline) November 11, 2015
There is a story flying around about a popular hollywood actor who has HIV and everyone thinks it's either Sheen or DiCaprio. — AnastasiaBeaverhause (@nail_polish) November 12, 2015
— ALBY (@AlbyPlays) November 12, 2015
A Hollywood actor is HIV+ ?! Thats unfortunate At 1st I thought: Charlie Sheen. But now I'm thinking: Colin Farrell or Sean Penn... — Lerato Mathete (@LoMathete) November 12, 2015
I ain't one to spread gossip, but . . . who do you think it is? Smart money is on Charlie Sheen or Robert Downey... https://t.co/nF1Hdle1H9
— Matt Hoffberg (@HoffyTalk) November 12, 2015
We have confirmed that the Hollywood actor with HIV is Charlie Sheen. No word yet on whether he has AIDS. — The Seattle Flash (@Theseattleflash) November 12, 2015
Whilst one should always try to avoid speculation, the Hollywood HIV actor has to be Charlie Sheen right?
— Alice Whaley (@alicewhaley) November 12, 2015
Read this story on an A-List Hollywood actor allegedly having HIV. Charlie Sheen instantly came to mind. Don't know why. Is this story true? — Juan Hustle (@JuanHustle) November 12, 2015
The story in the news about a hollywood actor, who is HIV positive, knowingly spreading it.. 1 billion percent it's Charlie Sheen.
— 〰Lewis Kay〰 (@TheeLewisKee) November 12, 2015
I shouldn't speculate, but the Hollywood actor with HIV - Charlie Sheen? — Catherine (@RocketCatherine) November 12, 2015
Who is the hollywood actor supposingly with HIV that has dated all these famous women?? Sean Penn? @AnnieMaggieMart do you know?
— petros aliferis (@splashwog) November 12, 2015
However, one Twitter user has put forth the notion that the story isn't entirely true and is greatly exaggerated. In fact they have a theory that a popular character from an adult cartoon is actually the one who has been keeping it a secret.
So the Hollywood actor with HIV isnt Charlie Sheen after all & its Quagmire from Family Guy. We support you Quagmire !!!! #CharlieSheen — Colin Upritchard (@theroost69) November 12, 2015