Three fans sued R&B star Usher on Monday, alleging that sexual encounters with him exposed them to herpes, the New York Daily News reports.
One accuser, Quantasia Sharpton — who has tested negative for herpes — spoke about her hotel room rendezvous two years ago with Usher on her 19th birthday at a news conference in New York.
Two others were identified as Jane Doe and John Doe in court documents. Their attorney, Lisa Bloom, said one of them has herpes.
Filed in Los Angeles, the suit seeks compensation for exposure to the virus; the plaintiffs also want Usher to be required to notify partners of his health status.
Last month, gossip sites reported that in 2012 Usher settled a similar suit with a celebrity stylist to the tune of $1.1 million. It said the eight-time Grammy winner was diagnosed with the virus in 2009 or 2010, around the time he divorced his first wife, Tameka Foster.
All the encounters in the new suit occurred after the settlement, Bloom said.
The performer, whose full name is Usher Raymond IV and who has been married to Grace Miguel for almost two years, hasn’t commented.
TMZ points out that Sharpton, who uses the name Angel Valentino on social media, stated “I need some money” in a Facebook post exactly a week before her news conference with celebrity attorney Bloom.
On a lighter note, Usher joined James Corden for an adorable carpool karaoke in which they sang, danced, dusted off the singer’s star on Hollywood Boulevard and helped some guys on the street push their busted Porsche to a repair spot.
TAYLOR TO TESTIFY
Taylor Swift apparently showed up in a Denver federal courtroom Monday, getting ready to testify in dueling civil lawsuits over whether she was groped by radio host David Mueller in 2013, and whether she got him fired for the alleged violation, USA Today reports.
The pop superstar attended the beginning of jury selection, according to the Associated Press.
USA Today handily summed up the kind of complicated situation, saying Swift will testify about “Mueller assaulting her by lifting her skirt and grabbing her bare bottom at her June 2, 2013, fan meet-and-greet, her reaction to Mueller’s conduct, and how it affected her.”
“He took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek, and no matter how much I scooted over, it was still there,” Swift says in court documents.
She will testify that she had no motive to make up a claim that Mueller groped her, as his lawyer suggested, and that she didn’t direct anyone to have Mueller fired.
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