A blog that tracks HIV criminalization cases is questioning the accuracy of the claim from “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” cast member Lee Thompson that he filed charges against the ex boyfriend suspected of infecting him with HIV.
In an interview with gay Atlanta glossy Fenuxe, Thompson (photo) – better known as food fight starting Georgia gay redneck Uncle Poodle on the show – revealed that he’s HIV-positive. And after he discovered his status last May, he learned that his former boyfriend is also HIV-positive and he pressed criminal charges against the man for infecting him. That, Thompson says, resulted in a five-year prison term for the unidentified man.
Now, Todd Heywood is questioning the veracity of Thompson’s claims in a post published Tuesday on his blog Viral Apartheid.
Because Thompson does not name the ex-boyfriend, and entertainment blogs about the show and Thompson are mum on the identity of the ex-boyfriend, I spent the last week calling district attorneys and law enforcement in Georgia and Alabama trying to find out where this prosecution happened. Not a single district attorney or law enforcement official I spoke with could find a case to match the facts presented by Thompson, nor could they find a case in which Thompson was the named defendant.
But that doesn’t mean Thompson made false claims, Heywood says.
Does that mean Thompson lied? Not necessarily, but it does raise serious questions. First, Thompson lives in Alabama, where, according to Lambda Legal, transmission of HIV is a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by no more than 90 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. Lambda reports Georgia’s law is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It is unclear where Thompson lived in May of 2012, so I inquired with law enforcement and district attorneys in both states and in every county I could identify as linked to the show and Thompson’s family. It is conceivable that Thompson’s case was adjudicated in another county in Georgia, but very, very unlikely that case was conducted in Alabama.
Heywood raises several “red flags” about Thompson’s claims, including the timeline of when he learned that he’s HIV-positive, who advised him to seek criminal charges against the former boyfriend, and the apparent quick pace of about seven months from him learning his status to the completion of a criminal case. Heywood also asks 19 questions he’d like Thompson to answer.
Heywood says his attempts to reach Thompson were not successful. We also attempted to contact Thompson via Twitter and phone on Tuesday and could not immediately reach him.
via Joe My God