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Legendary Horror Writer

Sued by Ex-Boyfriend --


6/6/2012 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Legendary horror maven Clive Barker -- who's responsible for the "Candyman" and "Hellraiser" franchises -- gave his ex-boyfriend HIV ... and then kicked him out on the street ... this according to claims in a new lawsuit.

Emilian David Armstrong says in the suit ... he met Barker in early 1996, and they quickly moved in together.   Armstrong had a daughter from a previous heterosexual relationship.  She also moved in.

Armstrong says in November, 1996, he was diagnosed with HIV.  The suit claims Barker had tested positive and had urged Armstrong to get tested.  Armstrong is convinced -- Barker gave him HIV.

Armstrong says Barker confessed he had previously engaged in a sexual relationship with his own cousin, who had AIDS -- and also engaged in sadomasochism in prior relationships that involved syringes.

As for why Armstrong waited 16 years to file a lawsuit -- Armstrong says he and Barker tried to work out their relationship and battle the virus together ... but things started to go south in 2003.

According to the lawsuit, that's when Barker became addicted to prescription painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet, Demerol, and Oxycodone. Armstrong claims Barker would mix these drugs with alcohol, cocaine, and/or crystal meth and use them for recreation.

But Armstrong says he still didn't give up on the relationship -- and tried to help Barker through his drug problems ... but they only got worse.  Armstrong says Barker started throwing drug-fueled parties with young men ranging in age from 19 to early 20's. 

The suit claims in 2009, Barker kicked Armstrong out of his house -- along with Armstrong's daughter -- and left them destitute.

Armstrong claims he was a partner in Barker's business ventures and is entitled to a cut of the profits.  He also says he was promised support for life.

We contacted Barker -- so far, no word back.


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that's what you all get for being gay!!!

872 days ago


What a mess. I support people's right to live how they choose, but as gay men, you know there is a much higher risk of this horrible disease. Sounds like he enjoyed the tune, but hates toy the piper. I'm sorry they are ill, but whenever you have sex, gay or straight, you're sleeping with everyone your partner has. You have to play smart.

872 days ago



872 days ago


That's HORRORible!!!

872 days ago


Most gay men are promiscuous, he'll have a hard time proving who infected him.

872 days ago

big al    

EEEKKKK!!!!!! Somebody is bitter. Sounds like this guy also participated in the "drug fueled parties". Why else would someone stay around that environment if they we not actively involved. & with your daughter living there no less. Unfortunate situation for everyone involved. The only question that I have is whether or not Mr. Barker knew he was hiv positive when he started the sexual relationship. If so he needs to pay up big time.

872 days ago


Sounds like Clive Barker liked to be Mr. Pinhead, now he's Mr AIDS. Should have know someone who does a Horror S&M movie can lead a fu*k'd life. But this dude living in this man's house with his girl and child. Man people in Hollywood sell their soul to the devil just to be rich.

872 days ago


Sounds like a relationship that was doomed from the start. He knew what it was all about, persued it, and it didn't work out. Now he's all buttsore (pun intended) and ready to get paid. Wouldn't doubt it if he took some of those prescription drugs with his former lover. Junkie love has a way of prolonging...

872 days ago


Barker started throwing drug-fueled parties with young men ranging in age from 19 to early 20's.--- AND WHERE WERE YOU? Right in the mix, INFECTING!!!. This is the more typical side of the gay experience that's kept under wraps.

872 days ago

Mr. Bate    

Such a heartwarming story.

872 days ago


Nooooooooo!!! Not AIDS

872 days ago


real nice guy!

872 days ago


You know the difference between Emilian Armstrong and a refrigerator?

When you pull the meat out of a refrigerator it doesn't fart.

872 days ago

en Todo Momento!!    

what? is he supposed to have kept him?? what kinda fairytale world some people live in, lol.

872 days ago


They say "write what you know". Judging by this article, why didn't Barker ever write anything involving a trailer park, sheep and incest?

872 days ago
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