Sunday, 13 August 2017

She's not my type! Usher denies sleeping with woman who says he exposed her to herpes

Usher has denied ever having sex with a woman suing him for allegedly exposing her to the herpes virus, claiming that she isn't his type.

Quantasia Sharpton is one of three alleged victims - two women and a man - suing Usher for failing to tell them he had herpes before they allegedly had sex.

But Usher has now told friends that while he may have pulled Sharpton up on stage during a concert, he says he never had sex with the woman.

Usher 'looks to bring a diverse group of people up onstage, not just supermodels', one insider told TMZ, while another said he believed it was 'an esteem booster' to bring people onstage during concerts.

Sharpton, a 21-year-old mother of three, claims that she had sex with Usher following a concert of his that she went to with friends to celebrate her 19th birthday.

She says she was selected from the crowd to go backstage before the show and meet Usher - real name Usher Raymond - because of the birthday crown she was wearing.

Later, she says a security guard came up to her and asked for her number because Usher was 'interested in her'. 

After the show, she says she got a call from a blocked number and it was Usher, asking her what hotel she was staying in and the room number.

About an hour later, Sharpton says Usher arrived at her hotel and they had 'sexual contact'. But after he left, she 'never heard from him again'.

Sharpton said she was shocked last month to learn that Usher possibly has herpes.

When Sharpton read about that case, she contacted high-profile attorney Lisa Bloom to see what her legal options were, even though she tested negative for the virus when she had a child last year.

While Sharpton doesn't have the disease, at least one of the three clients that Bloom is representing say they caught the disease, and blame Usher for it.

One of her clients is a man who said he had oral sex with the star with no warning about his STD.

Sharpton says if she had known that Usher had herpes, she 'would have never consented' to sex with him.

She said she 'would not have taken the risk' because her 'health is very' important to her, especially since becoming a mother.

The lawsuit claims Usher had vaginal sex with at least one of the two women and he had 'unprotected sex' with the man.

The three plaintiffs claim they had unprotected sex, or oral sex, with Usher because he is a 'revered celebrity in their eyes who they believed could be loved and trusted'.

Bloom said earlier this week that the new lawsuit wasn't about herpes. She says herpes is a medical condition and nothing to be ashamed about.  

However, as a highly-contagious disease that can cause high-risk pregnancies, miscarriages, and expensive treatment - Bloom says that Usher should have told his sexual partners about his diagnosis.

She says he violated his sex partners' rights 'by failing to warn them prior to having sexual contact'.

'At least one of my clients has tested positive - and alleges that it was Mr Raymond who transmitted it,' she said.

Bloom had to defend Sharpton after her client's 'I need money' Facebook post, saying it had nothing to do with the lawsuit.

The post was shared to Facebook one week before the suit was filed against the superstar singer.

Bloom said that Sharpton did not put a dollar amount on the lawsuit and that she only wants what a jury thinks is a fair amount.

On Tuesday, New York Marine and General Insurance Company filed documents citing that they will not pay for the $20million herpes lawsuit against the singer by a Jane Doe in Georgia if he loses because his policy does not cover STDs, TMZ reported.

The woman in this lawsuit claims she had sex with the singer twice this year and contracted herpes from him.

In the documents the insurance company filed, they use a clause in his policy that excludes coverage for 'bodily injury ... arising out of the transmission of any communicable diseases by [Usher].'

NYM&G has an issue with Usher over the alleged settlement he paid in 2012 to a woman for allegedly infecting her with the STD. They claim Usher never disclosed that issue when he signed the policy in 2016.

The insurance company also referenced the lawsuit by Bloom on behalf of her three clients stating that it also does not want to pay in that case. 

Bloom's three clients all allege that Usher failed to inform them he had herpes, an incurable sexually-transmitted disease, before engaging in the alleged sexual encounters.

The lawsuit makes note of recent news reports that Usher admitted in court documents in 2012 to having the disease as part of a settlement with another woman.

They claim Usher has never publicly denied having herpes, or made an effort to contact them to confirm or deny the reports, the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit states the alleged victims have suffered severe emotional distress, birthing complications, stress, depression and anxiety about contracting or being exposed to herpes.

After a former employee said she saw Usher in the same hotel with  Sharpton, the singer has said he was too busy falling in love with his now wife.

According to sources close to the singer, Usher asserts he never had a hookup with Sharpton at the Days Inn in Atlantic City, New Jersey because he was on the verge of getting engaged to Grace Miguel in November 2014.

The source shared with TMZ that Grace was the pop star's manager during the alleged encounter and that the two were inseparable.

Their engagement would occur two months after the supposed rendezvous at Days Inn.

His people also assert that on the night in question his show ran over, pushing the meet-and-greet well after midnight - conflicting with Quantasia's timeline as she claimed they hooked up around 12.

Source: Daily Mail

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