NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 6:13 PM
Burt Reynolds is playing the part of a jerk after telling a British TV show that Charlie Sheen “got what he deserved” in being diagnosed as HIV-positive.
“He’s handled it badly, I think,” the 79-year-old “Deliverance” actor said during an interview on ITV’s “Loose Women” that aired Tuesday. “His father (Martin) 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 like that, they’re going to get you.”
Reynolds’ diagnosis quickly kicked off an uproar on social media:
“What an ignorant person Burt Reynolds is!! How can he utter those words — Charlie Sheen deserved HIV!!,” tweeted one viewer.
Sheen himself admitted to some of that misbehavior when he sat down with “Today” host Matt Lauer on Nov. 17 to publically reveal his health condition.
The 50-year-old “Anger Management” star also confessed to doling out “countless millions” in “shakedowns” to keep his illness a secret since his diagnosis four years ago.
Charlie Sheen and a girlfriend are seen on the rooftop of Live Nation building drinking ‘Tiger Blood’ in 2011.
Reynolds is a long-time friend of Sheen’s dad, Martin.
He also admitted that he slept with prostitutes, and he’s believed to have contracted the virus because of his sexual promiscuity.
High-profile celebrity attorney Gloria Allred has already announced that several of his former lovers have contacted her about their legal rights — a precursor to any potential lawsuits.
“He misbehaved badly. Very badly. But you know, when you’re that age, it’s tough. All those things are coming at you and it’s difficult,” said Reynolds.
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