Usher responds to $20m herpes lawsuit: ‘Another sexual partner may have infected her’

Usher has responded to the $20m (£15.6m) lawsuit against him by a woman who claims he infected her with the herpes virus. It comes after several others came forward to accuse the Burn singer of passing on the STD, including a man.

In July, an unidentified Georgia woman sued the R&B superstar for $10m before increasing the damages to $20m to compensate for emotional harm and medical bills. After maintaining a wall of silence in the weeks since the lawsuit emerged, Usher, 38, has now responded and requested that the entire case be thrown out of court.

According to TMZ, Usher’s court documents note that his accuser’s lawsuit does not mention whether she had been tested for sexually transmitted diseases and infections prior to their sexual relationship. Usher reportedly states: “A previous sexual partner very well may have already infected her.”

The Confessions star also puts forward the possibility that the woman contracted the virus after their sexual encounters. Among the other arguments, Usher claims the woman exposed herself to the risk of being infected with an STD by having “casual, unprotected sexual intercourse an/or oral sex.” Usher’s lawyer also questions why the woman has filed the lawsuit under a pseudonym and wonders why the secrecy is necessary.

So far, only one of Usher’s accusers has been named publicly with 21-year-old Quantasia Sharpton making her accusations in a press conference alongside her lawyer Lisa Bloom. Sharpton said at the time: “I had a child a year ago, and I knew I was negative. But I contacted [lawyer] Lisa Bloom to find out what my rights are as a woman. Although I am negative, I am upset by the reports because I never would have consented, if I would have known. I would not have taken a risk of getting an incurable disease.

Usher has finally responded to the herpes allegations in court documentsCHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images

“My health is very important to me, now that I am a mother. I feel that my rights were violated. I am speaking out today on behalf of myself and others, some of whom are positive and are embarrassed to speak out publicly. I am doing this so that he does not do this to anyone else.”

It is believed Usher paid $1.1m to a woman in 2012 after she claimed to have contracted the herpes virus from the singer. Usher is said to have caught herpes around 2009 following his divorce from his first wife Tameka Foster. – IBTimes

Kim Kardashian West fears Taylor Swift will take aim at her on her new single.

The 36-year-old beauty and her husband Kanye West fell out with Taylor over the lyrics in the rapper’s ‘Famous’ track last year, in which he referred to the singer as a “b***h*”, and Kim now fears a backlash could be on the horizon.

A source said: “One of the few people out there that is not very excited for Taylor Swift’s upcoming music is Kim Kardashian.

“She feels that she will be attacked along with Kanye in a future song over their past differences and she doesn’t want to deal with the
fallout of a Taylor Swift song and what that does to people.”

Taylor has teased her new single by posting a picture of a snake on her Twitter account, prompting fans to speculate the record will be a diss track.

The insider told HollywoodLife.com: “[Kim] doesn’t want to be the focus of anything Taylor related, she hopes that her and Kanye dodge a bullet and Taylor ends up talking about others instead.” 


The claims come shortly after Kanye’s former mentor Jay-Z blasted the rap star, saying he crossed a line when he spoke badly of his wife
Beyonce in 2016.

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The duo are long-time friends, but their relationship turned sour when Kanye accused Beyonce of only attending the MTV Video Music Awards
because she was set to win the Video of the Year prize.

Addressing their spat, Jay recently said: “You got hurt, because this guy was talking about you on a stage.

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“But what really hurt me, you can’t bring my kid or my wife into it … We’ve gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into
it, now it’s a problem with me.”

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