Usher’s request to dismiss herpes lawsuit denied

Usher’s lawsuit with a woman who claims he knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease is moving forward after a judge denied the singer’s request to dismiss it.

Laura Helm alleged she contracted herpes during unprotected sex sessions with the Yeah! hitmaker in July, 2017, but the singer previously denied her claims, and in November (17) her lawyer requested the dismissal of a $20 million (£15.1 million) lawsuit without prejudice.

In April (18), Helm filed a new lawsuit in Georgia for several counts of negligence, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud. In June, Usher requested to have the latest lawsuit dismissed, arguing Helm assumed the risk by having “unprotected, casual consensual sex” with him.

However, according to Bossip, Judge Kelly Lee Ellerbe denied his request on Tuesday (11Sep18), ruling Usher’s argument was not strong enough to dismiss the case. Judge Ellerbe also reportedly slammed Usher for showing an alleged disregard for Helm, insisting she successfully argued he caused her illness.

Meanwhile, the singer is also facing legal action from Quantasia Sharpton, who went public on her rumoured night of passion with Usher during a press conference in August (17). Sharpton revealed she had not contracted herpes from the alleged encounter at a Days Inn hotel following an Usher concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 2014, but is suing because she believes she was put at risk by the musician.

Usher has refuted her claims.

He is also being sued by an unidentified Georgia woman, who claims she was diagnosed with herpes after sleeping with the singer. She filed suit in July (17), demanding $20 million in punitive damages and another $20 million for emotional harm and medical bills.

The 39 year old, who separated from his second wife Grace Miguel earlier this year, has also denied those allegations and previously asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

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