The Usher herpes controversy has been brought under the spotlight after the singer allegedly paid a woman $1 million to settle a lawsuit. Though the case appeared to date in 2012, it has gained some buzz due to circumstances surrounding the claim.
According to court papers obtained by Radar Online, a woman alleged that the R&B singer infected her with herpes when they had a relationship in 2012. Apparently, Usher had unprotected sex with the stylist but did not disclose that he was allegedly diagnosed with herpes in 2009 or 2010. In California law, it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit a sexually transmitted disease.
The singer, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, reportedly did transmit STD when he told the plaintiff he had tested negative for the virus despite the “greenish discharge” coming from his sexual organ. “Believing Raymond’s statements that (the discharge) had been nothing and cleared up, (she) continued her relationship,” the legal documents states. The woman was later diagnosed with herpes.
The Grammy-winning artist allegedly paid some of the victim’s medical bills in 2012. During the time, the Confession singer had his doctor call the woman to tell her that he did carry the virus. The court docs also state that Usher apologized to the woman for infecting her.
Usher reportedly tried to deal with the issue out of court. However, the woman maintained that her health and body have been ruined by the singer. The court docs add that she “has suffered severe emotional distress and has been extremely depressed … knowing there is no cure.”
The docs also indicate that Usher was “exposed to herpes” around the time he divorced Tameka Foster in 2010 after she accused him of cheating. Usher married his current wife Grace Miguel in 2015. The Climax singer has yet to make a public statement on the matter.
The American singer/songwriter is among the most iconic artists of all time. So far, he has won eight Grammy Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards, and several other accolades. He has been an advocate for youth empowerment and education. He also founded non-profit youth organization New Look.
To date, he has sold 43 million albums and 75 million records overall, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. In 2009, Billboard named The Voice coach the second most successful artist of the 2000s. Billboard also placed him at number 6 on its list of Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists in the past 25 years.
In 2008, he started his own record label, the Raymond-Braun Media Group (RBMG). It is a joint venture with Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun. The BET Honors also recognized Usher’s influence on many contemporary artists such as Bieber, Drake, Chris Brown, and Jason Derulo.