Barbadian actress and director Alison Sealy-Smith has slammed as “a blatant lie” reports in a little-known online publication that she had publicly revealed in “a bombshell world exclusive” that she was HIV positive.
Sealy-Smith has posted a brief statement on her Facebook page denying the report in Houston News, seemingly an online tabloid which has no information on its homepage about the publication, except that the site was copyrighted in 2015.
“It has been brought to my attention that there is an article circulating purporting to come from the Houston Chronicles [News] indicating that I have “come out” about my HIV status. Please note that this is total untruth. I admire and support those who speak publically about their HIV positive status but I am not, I repeat unequivocally, not HIV positive. I do not know this media house. I do not know why they or anyone would publish a blatant lie that has the potential to seriously disturb and upset my family and friends,” the post said.
The article stated that the revelation was made “on NY radio” on Friday night, a suggestion that the prolific actress had spoken to at least one radio station in New York, although it later said she had sat with the Houston Times – a publication that could not be found despite an extensive Google search.
Barbados TODAY has decided not to publish details of the questionable article, which Sealy-Smith said was both “hurtful to me . . . and a slap in the face to those who struggle everyday with this disease and the consequences of going public”.
“I would ask that you not circulate that article any further as continuing to do so could, pending legal advice, attract legal consequences,” she said in the Facebook post.