Three of Usher’s former lovers say the R&B singer did not tell them he had herpes before they had sex with him, according to the trio’s attorney.
“Many news organizations have recently reported that musician Usher was diagnosed with herpes in approximately 2009, and in 2012 settled a case with a woman who claimed he’d transmitted the disease to her,” a statement from lawyer Lisa Bloom said Friday. “Usher has not publicly denied these claims.”
“On Monday, August 7, attorney Lisa Bloom will file a California lawsuit on behalf of three individuals, all of whom allege that Usher had sexual contact with them after 2012, and failed to warn them of his alleged STD, as required by law,” the statement added, referencing California state law.
“One of the accusers will speak at the press conference. The others will be named in the complaint as Jane Doe and John Doe and will remain private.”
Some Twitter users on Friday voiced alarm over the allegations about Usher, who is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time based on global album sales.
it's a shame that this herpes debacle is hurting usher's legacy— R&B Head (@wutismusic) August 4, 2017
Other people on the social media platform expressed doubt about the accusations against the famous vocalist.
I'd be willing to bet a good amount of people jumping on Usher having herpes have herpes themselves and don't know it— Sotades (@seannotshawn) August 4, 2017
I just wanna know how these pple know they got the herpes frm Usher? & if they ain’t decide to get tested til now?— curious george. (@BringtheTOYsout) August 4, 2017
Bloom’s statement said the New York City-based lawyer will conduct Monday’s press conference there.
Radar Online reported last month that Usher, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, had unprotected sex with a celebrity stylist while having the disease.
Court papers obtained by the outlet show Usher was “exposed to herpes” in 2009 or 2010 before later convincing his partner an STD examination result came back negative.
“Believing Raymond’s statements that it had been nothing and cleared up, [she] continued her relationship,” a lawyer for the victim wrote in a legal complaint for damages.
Usher ultimately settled with the woman, whose name was withheld, on Dec. 28, 2012, paying her $1.1 million.