Usher has hit back at a lawsuit accusing him of putting three people at risk of genital herpes, denying their claims he had sex with them and exposed them to the virus.
The ‘OMG’ hitmaker was hit by a lawsuit last month from two women and a man who claimed he had put them at risk of the sexually-transmitted disease while having sex with them.
He’s now filed a response through his high-profile lawyers Laura Wasser and Zia Modabber insisting the trio have “unclean hands”, alleging they did something wrong, but he was not being specific as to what.
The response from the ‘Yeah!’ singer also insisted the plaintiffs don’t have a legal claim because anything he may have done was unintentional, suggesting that if he does have the infection – which he has neither confirmed nor denied – he didn’t know it at the time.
He also argued that if he did have sex with any of them, they put themselves at risk.
The three alleged victims took legal action after it emerged the ‘U Make Me Wanna’ hitmaker had paid a woman $1.1 million in 2012 to settle a lawsuit after she claimed to have contracted herpes from him.
The settled 2012 suit claimed Usher had been diagnosed with herpes around 2009 or 2010, but he was accused of “consciously and purposefully” withholding his diagnosis from the unnamed woman and “continued to have unprotected sex” with her.
Then a mother of one, Quantasia Sharpton, pictured below, came forward publicly as one of three people claiming they were also under risk of catching herpes from Usher.
After coming forward about the lawsuit, Quantasia – who has admitted she does not have herpes – recently claimed she took action against the ‘Confessions’ singer for not disclosing that he allegedly had the infection because she felt her “rights were violated”.
She said: “I had a child a year ago, and I knew I was negative. But I contacted [lawyer] Lisa Bloom to find out what my rights are as a woman.
“Although I am negative, I am upset by the reports because I never would have consented, if I would have known. I would not have taken a 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.
“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.”
And the woman urged Usher to speak out and confirm whether or not he has the condition.
She added: “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.”
Usher has never confirmed or denied if he has herpes.
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