It looks like R. Kelly isn’t the only R&B singer embroiled in controversy this week. Court documents recently obtained by Radar Online reveal Usher (real name Usher Raymond IV) contracted the herpes virus in 2009 or 2010 and passed it on to a celebrity stylist through unprotected sex. Consequently, he had to cough up $1.1 million dollars to the unidentified woman for severe emotional distress. The “Let It Burn” singer also posted a check for $2,754.40 covering her medical bills. The case was settled in 2012.
During the time they were dating, Usher reportedly told the woman he noticed a “greenish discharge” oozing from his penis, but had been to the doctor and was cleared of any STDs, so the woman continued her relationship with the 38-year-old artist.
“Believing Raymond’s statements that it had been nothing and cleared up, [she] continued her relationship,” the victim’s lawyer wrote in a legal complaint for damages.
But after several disturbing symptoms started surfacing — fever of 100 degrees, chills, headache, aches and pains — the woman went to her doctor to get tested and the results confirmed a first-time infection. She then notified Usher.
A file in the settlement reads: “In a series of telephone conversations and online chat sessions, [Usher] has apologized for infecting [her] and told her he would take care of things.”
Usher married his current wife Grace Miguel in 2015. As of Wednesday night (July 19), he has not responded to the situation publicly.
Naturally, Twitter has. Check out some of those posts below.
*logs on Twitter, sees Usher trending, reads why pic.twitter.com/60W3o3dYWx
— ShredderGirl (@ShredderBabe) July 19, 2017
Usher's friends: "Aye you might wanna log into Twitter right now fam."
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 19, 2017
Chili from TLC at home reading Usher twitter like; thank you Jesus. pic.twitter.com/HhfScrJ6Ve
— Darnell On Park Ave (@DarnelOnParkAve) July 20, 2017
*logs into Twitter*
USHER PAID 1.1 MILLION DOLLARS TO WOMAN HE INFECTED WITH HERP-
— Torrents Fishburne (@MicWrite) July 19, 2017
*Usher makes a song titled "Let It Burn"*
News: "Usher infects woman with herpes & pays her off "
Twitter: "No he didn't, not Usher"
— Thabang Tiisetso (@TTYesterday) July 19, 2017
Usher: This test finna be a breeze
STD Test: pic.twitter.com/1GTzM2lcHn
— Art Simpson 🇬🇾🇯🇲 (@IHateTanaRocks_) July 19, 2017
Me reading this Usher STD article pic.twitter.com/KB2fqxmPeV
— Scooby AKA Not Nice (@ScoobySteve15) July 19, 2017