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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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How old is this guy's daughter? Shouldn't she be on her own by now?

877 days ago


Okay, if I'm reading this right, Clive was tested "AFTER" they got together and found out he's positive then urged his BF to do the same. That right there get's the lawsuit thrown out of court, he has to prove the BARKER was HIV positive and KNEW it before they got together. Sounds like they both found out while in the relationship. Such a shame, I don't wish HIV/AIDS on anyone.

877 days ago


amen, damn homos that is what you deserve you perverted devils!

877 days ago


this is sick on so many levels...disgraceful

877 days ago


nice environment to raise your daughter!

877 days ago


Just a bit of advice for the homo's. You wanna play butt-darts then expect to get stung...eventually.
Abominations come with retribution.

877 days ago

karen Dececco    

i love luv love TMZ!!!

877 days ago


and they wonder why ppl are homophobes thats some scary **** if its true

877 days ago


didn't know clive barker is a nancy boy.
despite media efforts to make people think everyone has the disease in equal numbers, aids is and always has been mostly a gay disease. the facts are the facts.

877 days ago


BTW, There may not be any response to TMZ from Clive but he has addressed the issue on his twitter:
My friends, I just want to send my heart -felt thanks out to all the people who've offered such loving expressions of support in the face of the filth that some nameless s*** have attempted to 'earn' money from peddling. I think you all know the squalid truth behind such dirt : it's the squalid and pathetic attempt of one greedy individual who thinks I might pay him to silence his lies.Not a chance. There's always one who tries to smear excrement on those they envy. Again,Thank you for protecting me.You are my fortress.My love to you Clive

874 days ago


Lol, not as horrible as his boyfriend's profile on

693 days ago
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