This just keeps getting messier and messier. A woman named Quantasia Sharpton, 21, came forward to sue Usher, claiming that he had sex with her knowing he had herpes but failed to disclose his diagnosis. In the lawsuit, two women have come forward saying they had sexual intercourse with Usher, while one man claimed he had oral sex with the singer, who failed to disclose his diagnosis.
“I love Usher’s artistry and music. I went to a concert of his with some friends a few years ago, to celebrate my birthday. I was wearing a birthday crown, and because of that I was selected to go backstage before the show. Later, a security guard picked me up and asked me for my number. He told me Usher had seen me backstage and was interested in me,” the young woman said at a press conference in NYC today.
“After the show, my friends and I returned to the hotel. I got a call from Usher on a blocked number, asking me what hotel I was staying in and the room number. About an hour later, he arrived. We spoke for a while, and then we engaged in sexual contact. He never warned me about any STDs.”
While news of Usher’s alleged sexually transmitted disease first came out because of a lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed she contracted the virus from the crooner, 38, Quantasia insisted she is clean. “When I first heard reports that he had herpes, I couldn’t believe it. I had a child a year ago, and I knew I was negative. But I contacted Lisa Bloom to find out what my rights are as a woman,” she continued. “Although I am negative, I am upset by the reports because I never would have consented, if I would have known. I would not have taken a risk of getting an incurable disease. My health is very important to me, now that I am a mother. I feel that my rights were violated.”
As attorney Lisa Bloom — who is representing Usher’s three alleged victims — explained, it’s still a crime not to disclose your status — regardless of whether or not the person is infected or not. She explained, “The law requires people with herpes warn their sexual partners or abstain from sex. Those are the only two choices.”
If the claims are true, Usher definitely isn’t alone — according to the CDC, one in six American adults have genital herpes. Since it was first revealed that Usher paid a $1 million settlement to a woman he alleged infected with the disease, he has remained quiet about the accusation.