Usher reportedly paid a former lover $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit after claiming she contracted herpes from the singer.Court documents, first published by Radar Online, show that the 38-year-old ‘U Got It Bad’ singer, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, was diagnosed with the incurable condition between 2009-2010,
An affidavit from the complainant states that the singer nonetheless engaged in unprotected intercourse without first disclosing the affliction.
According to California state law, where Usher resides, it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit an sexually transmitted disease (STD).
The performer later denied being a carrier of the non-lethal condition, despite ‘greenish discharge’ from his penis, court documents say.
‘Believing Raymond’s statements that (the discharge) had been nothing and cleared up, (she) continued her relationship,’ the legal docs stated.
The plaintiff was later diagnosed with herpes, complete with vaginal sores, fevers and chills, she alleged in papers.
Usher has yet to make a public statement on the matter.
Between 2011 and 2012, the Grammy award wining artist paid for medical bills on behalf of the plaintiff totaling $2,754.40, around the same time the ‘Confessions’ singer had his doctor inform the woman that he was indeed a carrier of the disease, court documents show.
Usher was first allegedly ‘exposed to herpes’ virus in 2009 or 2010, the legal documents show, around the time when finalized his divorce to Tameka Foster after she accused him of cheating.
Foster is not believed to have contracted the virus.
In a deceleration, the woman said she ‘feels that her health and body have been ruined ‘and she ‘has suffered severe emotional distress and has been extremely depressed … knowing there is no cure.’
The singer has been married to his current wife Grace Miguel since 2015. There is no suggestion she has contracted the virus.
Experts say that one out of every six people between the ages of 14 to 49 carry the herpes virus, which can be transmitted through oral, anal or vaginal intercourse.
The virus can also be transmitted even when an individual does not have any visible signs.