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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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Love Clive Barker's work. I hope, him being a train wreck isn't true.

869 days ago


This is why you keep your legs closed!

869 days ago


Barker is as sick as his movies.

869 days ago


I heart gay people, but just as I wouldn't want to hang around a bunch of heterosexual skanks who made it their lifestyle to screw anything that walked -- particularly unprotected! -- same goes for their homosexual counterparts. You reap what you sow.

869 days ago


small wonder, they met in a bath house. even guys wouldn't get aids if they didn't have sex prior to marrage

869 days ago


hopefully that means forever

869 days ago


no surprise

869 days ago


That dude has is effed up. Sleeping with his cousin and crazy s&m parties. What a sicko.

869 days ago


So, basically, Armstrong was willing to forgive the HIV as long as he was being "kept". 15 years later, the money gets cut off and now he's suing.

868 days ago


Reading some of these comments, I find to be very offensive. For those of you on the outside looking in, most gay men aren't promiscious and I find it hateful to say, thats what you get for being gay. NO ONE DESERVES to be hurt or infected on purpose with HIV. True enough you have to protect yourself but alot of heterosexual folks have unprotected sex too, so its not just a GAY thing to do! I am gay and I am HIV Negative, I don't use drugs and I have a partner now for 12 years and I'm 35 yr.s old. We don't frequent drug fueled parties and never have desired to do so! I just find it ignorant that ppl would generalize a group of ppl based off a couple of idiots. So don't generalize all gay men as being promiscious or on drugs. Thats just ridiculous!

868 days ago


What a mess! So, how old was Armstrong's daughter when they moved out? Old enough to be on her own? Move back in with mom? Was this guy just a 'hanger on'?

868 days ago


Clive is a fudge packer? I should have guessed it by all those creepy creatures he's created. They obviously sprouted from a demented mind. Not that there's anything wrong with packing fudge, of course.

868 days ago


If the allegations are true this is messed up. However, could be sour grapes because the relationship ended. Waiting so long to file is a little suspicious.

868 days ago


This is the type of couple that ruins it for all the respectable gay couples out there. The kind of stuff these two are doing is what most straight people think goes on in a gay relationship.

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