Sony told actors that they had to reveal their STDs for "insurance purposes."
Another round of emails from the infamous Sony hack were leaked on Thursday, and US Weekly says that one of these emails was particularly informative. It contained more than a little bit of information about herpes. Yes, the STD we all worried about getting in high school and college. Sony is nervous as fuck about spreading herpes around to all of their actors and crew members. They worried not about spreading it through movie scenes, but also due to off screen hook-ups. One of the documents that was leaked was a “Cold Sore Questionnaire“, seen partly above. If an actor wanted to get insurance for a Sony film shoot, they were required to fill out the CSQ and declare any and all cold sores, aka Herpes Simplex 1.
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The questionnaire was filled with many different sections but included: if the actor has a cold sore, how long it’s been there, how long they last, what triggers their cold sores, what medication they’re taking (if any), and what their role in the movie is.
Apparently once the actors talked about their problems, the higher ups at Sony would actually gossip about them. According to one email chain, Sony learned, form this little questionnaire while, prepping for the release of the recent flop Aloha that one actor was taking Abbreva, which is not a prescription medication. The insurance company then told Sony they would have to update that actor’s CSQ by checking off the boxes saying they were taking medication. The emails also revealed that a “very well-known A-list actor” flat-out refused to fill out the CSQ, which left Sony and the insurance company freaking out. This one might be easier to figure out, an: “Academy Award-winning actress in her late 50s” promised on her CSQ that she’d take medication to make sure she doesn’t get herpes while shooting a movie.
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So why exactly was Sony so hell-bent on learning about the cold sores? We may never know.