Usher’s $20 Million Dollar Herpes Lawsuit Dismissed
Since Usher’s herpes scandal earlier this year, you haven’t heard much from the singer. But one of the lawsuits filed against him, seeking $20 Million, in which the singer was accused of failing to warn the plaintiff of his reported herpes, has been dismissed.
If you recall, back in July, Laura Helm filed a lawsuit against the singer originally under the name Jane Doe, alleging he had unprotected sex with her and transmitted the disease. Helm’s old attorney withdrew from the case after audio leaked of Laura telling her publicist she never had unprotected sex with the pop star.
Reportedly, during a recorded phone call two days before the lawsuit was filed, she told someone she only had protected sex with Usher, according to TMZ.
Helm’s lawyer, Lisa West, stepped down from representing her and Helm hired a new attorney.
On Friday, the new lawyer filed court documents to dismiss the case, and it has since been dismissed without prejudice “with intent to refile” as reported by TMZ.
Usher’s attorney said in a statement to E! News, “It’s our sincere hope that this dismissal will bring an end to the opportunistic litigation against Usher in Georgia.”
Usher is still being sued by three other plaintiffs. In August, two women and a man sued the R&B singer, saying he allegedly had sexual relations with them in the past without telling them he has the STD. Their lawyer Lisa Bloom has said at one of the three carries the virus. One of the accusers, Quantasia Sharpton, had told reporters that while she does not have herpes, she was “upset” by tabloid reports that said the singer does, saying, “I would have never consented if I would have known.”
Genital herpes is caused by two types of viruses. The viruses are called herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).
Oral herpes is usually caused by HSV-1 and can result in cold sores or fever blisters on or around the mouth. However, most people do not have any symptoms. Most people with oral herpes were infected during childhood or young adulthood from non-sexual contact with saliva.
Genital herpes is common in the United States. More than one out of every six people aged 14 to 49 years have genital herpes.
According to the CDC, you can get genital herpes by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has the disease.
But, if you do not have herpes, you can get infected if you…