Usher‘s name may become synonymous with a different kind of ‘Burn’ – if new reports prove true.
Radar Online have gone to press with court documents, which appear to prove that the singer settled a lawsuit levied against him by a stylist who claimed he infected her with the herpes virus.
The amount he paid in damages? A reported $1.1 million.
Interestingly, the narrative isn’t recent and actually dates back to 2012.
Per the filing, Usher was diagnosed with the virus at some point between 2009 and 2010 (after his divorce from Tameka Foster, who he cheated on) and was accused of having unprotected sex with the alleged victim without telling her.
Indeed, even when a “greenish discharge” appeared from his penis, he insisted he had tested negative for STDs.
Taking this at face value, the claimant continued her “relationship” with the singer. However, per court docs, she was later allegedly diagnosed with herpes, complete with symptoms such as vaginal sores and high fever.
California state law makes it crystal clear that it is a crime to knowingly or recklessly transmit an STD.
In a bid to perhaps smooth things over after allegedly getting his Dr call the claimant to reveal his true status, court docs show that Usher paid some of the victim’s medical bills – with the 2012 tally should $2,754.40.
Paying the bills allegedly formed part of the singer’s desire to deal with the matter outside of the legal system. He was said to be extremely apologetic about the situation. Yet, that didn’t cut it for the accuser. In her filing, she said that she “feels that her health and body have been ruined,” and that she “has suffered severe emotional distress and has been extremely depressed … knowing there is no cure.”
Usher seemingly agreed and cut the bigger check to settle the drama.
Now 38, the singer is married to Grace Miguel (his former manager). They tied the knot in 2015 after years of dating.
On the one hand, one has to wonder why this is making its way into public domain a) now and b) at all. Aspects of it feel grossly invasive.
And yet (if true) such recklessness naturally leaves one open the mass scrutiny he’s getting now.
It’ll be intriguing to see if he makes a statement.