Clive Barker has been sued by his ex-boyfriend, Emilian David Armstrong, for giving him HIV and then kicking him out of their house, TMZ is reporting. Armstrong claimed in his lawsuit that he met Barker in early 1996, and he quickly moved in with the ‘Hellraiser’ horror writer and director.
Armstrong also said that he was diagnosed with HIV in November 1996, after Barker had tested positive and urged him to get tested as well. Armstrong also claimed that the filmmaker confessed that he previously engaged in a sexual relationship with his cousin, who had AIDS. Barker also allegedly told Armstrong that he engaged in sadomasochism in prior relationships that involved syringes.
Armstrong said he waited 16 years to file the lawsuit because he tried to work out his relationship with Barker and battle the virus together. But their once again faltered in 2003.
The lawsuit says the relationship became strained again when Barker became addicted to prescription painkillers, including Vicodin, Perocet, Demerol and Oxycodone. Armstrong added that Barker would mix the drugs with alcohol, cocaine and/or crystal meth and take them for recreational uses.
Armstrong, who moved his daughter from a previous heterosexual relationship in with Barker as well, added that he still didn’t give up on the relationship. He tried to help the filmmaker with his drug addictions, but they only got worse. Armstrong added that Barker started throwing drug-fueled parties with young men, ranging in age from 19 to their early 20.
The lawsuit concludes that Barker kicked Armstrong and his daughter out of his house in 2009, and left them destitute. Armstrong added that he was a partner in Barker’s business ventures, and was promised a cut of the profits. So far, Barker hasn’t responded publicly to the claims.
Written by: Karen Benardello