LANSING, Mich. — Questions have been raised about the veracity of a claim made by the gay uncle of reality darling Honey Boo Boo that he had an ex-boyfriend prosecuted for infecting him with HIV.
Alabama native Lee Thompson told the gay Georgia-based Fenuxe magazine that he’d tested positive in May and that following the positive test, he’d pressed charges against a boyfriend that had not disclosed his HIV status. He alleged his ex was serving a five-year sentence for the incident.
However, writing for Viral Apartheid, journalist Todd Heywood questions the timeline of the prosecution and sentencing.
“Does that mean Thompson lied? Not necessarily,” Heywood writes, going into detail about the laws surrounding criminalization of HIV transmission in both Alabama and Georgia. “But it does raise serious questions.”
“He may well have been infected by a partner who did not disclose his status and that the partner was charged and convicted of that crime,” Heywood concluded. “But the lack of any law enforcement agencies, including district attorneys, being able to identify his case, as well as the legitimate questions related to the time frame should have been enough for every news outlet that reported on the Fenuxe report (including the Fenuxe) to ask more detailed, and specific questions before pulling the trigger to publish the interview.”