Usher Settles Herpes Virus Lawsuit
Grammy-winning R&B singer Usher is now being sued by three people – one male and two females – who claim that he exposed them to genital herpes through oral and vaginal sex. The latest accuser – a 21-year- old woman – held a press conference on August 7. She claims she met Usher backstage after a concert two years ago. The two then allegedly had sex. The woman has not tested positive for the disease, however, but her lawsuit claims that Usher was diagnosed with herpes simplex II around 2009.
The two other accusers have filed anonymous claims in California, where the law requires disclosure when a sexual partner has herpes. Usher is being sued for sexual battery, negligence, emotional distress and fraud. Of the accusers, only one has contracted the disease, while the other two claim they were exposed to it.
In 2012, Usher faced a lawsuit when a former partner sued him for giving her the STD. Usher settled for $1.1 million. After that settlement became public, another woman sued the singer for $20 million. She claimed she and Usher had multiple sexual encounters together.
Usher, who is married, has not denied any of these claims. His wife of two years is standing by her man and claims the lawsuits carry no weight, especially since one was brought about by a friend of Usher’s ex-wife.
The accusers, meanwhile, cannot contact Usher since he allegedly called from blocked numbers after the sexual encounters. They all felt they could trust him because of his celebrity status. Even if Usher does not have herpes, the plaintiffs still want to sue him for causing emotional distress, since he refuses to confirm or deny the allegations.
The accusers are asking for a trial by jury as well as punitive damages. They also want a legal requirement that Usher discloses his herpes to all future sex partners.
What to Know About Genital Herpes
Genital herpes is most often caused by herpes type 2. This type of herpes causes sores to appear around the genital and rectum. It is spread by sexual contact and is contagious even when sores are not present. Genital herpes can also be passed on to a baby during childbirth.
Herpes may be dormant for a long time and suddenly reappear due to illness, menstruation, stress, fatigue and certain medications. There is no cure, but there are drugs that can decrease outbreaks and the intensity of the symptoms.
In California, individuals who have a sexually transmitted disease must inform his or her partner before sex.
Infected with Herpes During Sexual Intercourse? Contact an Attorney
If your partner infected you with herpes, HPV, HIV or AIDS and you had no prior knowledge of their positive STD status, you may be able to sue for damages. In California, individuals who have a sexually transmitted disease must inform his or her partner before sex. If your partner failed to inform you of his or her positive STD status, you may be able to file a lawsuit for damages. You could receive compensation for medical treatment, pain and suffering, emotional distress and more. If you believe that you may have a STD wrongful transmission claim, call now to speak with a sexually transmitted disease lawyer today to learn more about your rights.