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Usher Denies Knowingly Passing On Herpes In Lawsuit

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Usher Denies Herpes

By Shari Weiss |

Usher Denies Herpes

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Usher is denying he knowingly passed on the herpes virus to those suing him for allegedly exposing them to the disease. While not explicitly acknowledging whether or not he has the STD, the singer argues in new court documents that he is not responsible for putting anyone at risk.

As Gossip Cop reported, last month Usher was sued by two women and a man who claimed they had sexual relations with the singer, but were unaware at the time that he allegedly has herpes. The suit followed similar lawsuits, one of which was reportedly settled several years ago, from other alleged victims. The only person to publicly come forward to date is Quantasia Sharpton, who said that while she’s tested negative for the sexually transmitted disease, Usher still “violated” her rights by not disclosing his status.

Now Usher’s camp is firing back. In legal papers, filed by attorneys Laura Wasser and Zia Modabber and obtained by TMZ, the singer not only denies the hookups, but also maintains that if they did have sexual contact, he was unaware of any health issues at the time and therefore did not knowingly intend to pass on any diseases. In addition, the lawyers point out that sexual activity is inherently risky, and the plaintiffs should have been proactive if they were concerned about potentially being exposed to illness. In short, Usher’s argument seems to be that the alleged victims are just as responsible for having safe sex as he is, and he did not know he had herpes at the time, anyway.

Whether that defense will hold up remains to be seen. Just days ago, Gossip Cop busted MediaTakeOut for falsely claiming Usher and Sharpton settled their lawsuit, with him supposedly paying her $2 million. But we exclusively learned it was untrue. Sharpton’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, exclusively told Gossip Cop, “We are [still] aggressively prosecuting the case and there have been no settlement talks at all.”

And now, in response to Usher’s filing, Bloom further tells us, “Usher’s lawyers filed a standard legal answer. We look forward to taking Usher’s deposition soon and to proving our case in court.” His side did not respond to a request for comment.

 


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