Soulful R&B singer and songwriter Usher, who is known for hits like “Love in this Club” and “Yeah,” is the focus of a scandal after allegedly infecting multiple people with the herpes virus.
Radar Online was the first to report on the bombshell after conducting their own investigation into the allegations. Court documents obtained by the website claim that the star was first exposed to the virus between 2009 and 2010, just after his divorce from Tameka Foster had been finalized. Usher, whose full name is Usher Raymond IV, had visited a doctor during that time after experiencing “greenish discharge” oozing from his penis. A doctor confirmed that Raymond had been exposed to the virus and was a carrier.
According to Radar’s scathing expose, Raymond did inform his partner at the time that he had been exposed to the virus, but was able to convince her that his test results came back negative and continued to have unprotected sex with the anonymous victim.
Several weeks later, the victim came down with various symptoms related to the herpes virus including flu-like symptoms and blisters on her genitals. The victim underwent a thorough examination by a doctor at the onset of these symptoms and it was confirmed that she had contracted herpes, presumably through unprotected sex with Raymond.
Raymond settled the case out of court, paying the victim a total of $1.1m. This case had not come to light until recently when three more victims – two women and a man – have come forward to sue the songwriter for allegedly exposing them to the virus as well.
Under California law, it is illegal for a person to knowingly or recklessly transmit any form of STD. Attorney Lisa Bloom issued a formal statement on Friday, August 4, 2017, acknowledging that she will be filing the suit on the victims’ behalf. Two of these victims will remain anonymous, while one of the women who allege Usher exposed her to the virus will speak at a press conference scheduled on August 7 after the suit is filed.