On Monday morning, a woman named Quantasia Sharpton, who claims Usher exposed her to herpes, spoke out against the R&B star at a press conference in New York, held by attorney Lisa Bloom.
Sharpton, along with two other individuals referred to as Jane Doe and John Doe, are suing the “Let It Burn” singer, whose full name is Usher Raymond IV, alleging he failed to disclose that he carried the herpes virus, thus putting them at risk of infection. At least one of the plaintiffs tested positive for herpes and claims to have contracted it from Usher, Bloom explained, though Sharpton herself tested negative.
“Mr. Raymond has not publicly denied the reports that he was diagnosed with the virus in approximately 2009, nor has he denied the reports that he had unprotected sex with a woman after his diagnosis and transmitted the virus to her, paying her a $1.1 million settlement to compensate her for her injuries in 2012,” Bloom said in a statement.
Bloom added that various reports online claim Usher is a carrier of the herpes virus, noting that no members of the performer’s team have denied their accuracy. The status of Usher’s health has not been confirmed.
“If Mr. Raymond is in fact a carrier of the virus, as these reports state, my three
clients allege that he violated their rights by failing to warn them prior to having
sexual contact with them. At least one of my clients has tested positive for the virus and alleges it was Mr. Raymond who transmitted it,” she said.
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