Usher fan says he never warned her about his herpes diagnosis: 'My rights were violated'
As Usher's herpes scandal rumbles on, one of the r'n' b singer's new accusers has gone public with fresh allegations that the Let It Burn hitmaker failed to disclose his health status before they engaged in sexual activity.
Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom, the same lawyer who is representing Blac Chyna in her revenge porn case against Rob Kardashian, filed the complaints in California on behalf of her clients− a man and two women − on 7 August. The trio claim they had sexual contact with the star after 2012 and claim he didn't disclose that he had the virus.
One of the plaintiffs, known as Quantasia Sharpton, told a the press conference in Los Angeles that she had sex with the father of two in a hotel room when she was 19 years old, after attending one of his concerts in 2012.
Sharpton said that although she never became infected, he put her at risk of getting an incurable disease. "My health is very important to me, now that I am a mother. I feel that my rights were violated."
Under Californian law, it is illegal to knowingly pass on a sexually transmitted disease or infection.
"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. Usher, if you are negative, please say so. If you are positive, you need to warn your sex partners, so that they can make their own informed decisions," she explained.
"I am doing this so that he does not do this to anyone else. Usher, if you are negative, please say so. If you are positive, you need to warn your sex partners, so that they can make their own informed decisions."
The other woman and man, who appear as Jane Doe and John Doe in the lawsuit, have chosen to remain anonymous.
In July, it emerged that Usher settled a lawsuit for $1.1 million in 2012 after a former lover claimed he had infected her with herpes. In court documents, the unidentified woman said she had "suffered severe emotional distress and has been extremely depressed... knowing there is no cure."
While Usher has yet to respond to the latest allegations, it is believed he become infected with the virus in 2009 around the time his divorce to Tameka Foster was finalised.
According to Bloom at least one of her clients has tested posted for the virus and alleges that it was Usher who transmitted it. She is now urging the crooner to publicly deny the allegations and get the tested to prove his innocence. "If Mr. Raymond is negative, by allowing this story to go unrebutted for weeks on end, he has caused many people to be concerned about their reproductive health," she said.
"By filing this lawsuit, we seek to ascertain the truth. We hope the reports are not true. We hope that Mr. Raymond is negative, and this can all be cleared up quickly. We hope that he has not knowingly endangered his sex partners — fans who revered him and were thrilled to receive his personal attention."