On Friday, civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom–who has previously sued the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Tiger Woods, Charlie Sheen, Bill Cosby and Donald Trump–announced on Twitter that she will be filing a lawsuit against R&B crooner Usher for allegedly failing to disclose his herpes diagnosis to three sexual partners.
The menacing tweet announced that one of Usher’s accusers will publicly present her case on Monday, while the other two have chosen to remain anonymous. Under California law, where the suit was issued, it’s illegal for anybody afflicted with any contagious, infectious, or communicable disease to willfully expose another person to disease. Regarding the allegations, Usher’s team has yet to comment.
“Many news organizations have recently reported that musician Usher was diagnosed with herpes in approximately 2009, and in 2012 settled a case with a woman who claimed he’d transmitted the disease to her. Usher has not publicly denied these claims,” Bloom wrote in her press release.
On Monday, we also received plenty more details regarding the case, courtesy of TMZ who obtained the suit. It reveals that Usher has allegedly had vaginal sex with at least one of the two women suing the singer. The third, a male, is alleging the two engaged in oral sex. The suit also disclosed that each of the plaintiffs consented to sex with the singer “because Raymond [Usher] was a revered celebrity in their eyes who they believed could be loved and trusted.“
The lawsuit also insists that Usher had never disclosed that he had the virus. The suit does have merit, as this isn’t the first time the musician has been sued for herpes-related offenses. In 2012, the “Yeah” singer encountered a similar suit for withholding his status and ultimately had to pay $1.1 million in a settlement. Last month, Usher was sued again for similar claims and faces a potential payout of $20 million.
Just last week, we reported that a survey from Cosmopolitan and Esquire revealed herpes is the third most common STI among Americans. The most popular was chlamydia, followed by HPV and gonorrhea. It also exposed a concerning trend that men rarely get tested after sex.
In 2015, a separate poll suggested 92 percent of people would lie about their STI so that they could still have sex–eight percent would forgo protection. This year, another study from Superdrug found that over 40 percent of people don’t ask their sexual partner when they were last tested.
Considering one in every six Americans has herpes and 110 million Americans have STIs, the lawsuit against Usher is one of many, we’re just hearing about this one because it involves a celebrity. Take this as a warning for us everyday people to wear a damn condom and ask the person you’re sleeping with when they’d last been tested.