As R. Kelly’s mess continues to unravel, the newest celebrity to have a scandal is Usher.
The pop star is latest celebrity to make headlines this week after a new report claims he paid a woman $1.1 million in hush money because he infected her with – wait for it – herpes. The court documents regarding the settlement were reportedly published by RadarOnline, and the details are insane.
The incident allegedly dates back to 2012. According to docs that were filed in Los Angles, the “Confessions” singer was allegedly diagnosed with herpes some time around 2009 or 2010. Usher’s accuser alleges the two engaged in unprotected sex. While the activity seems to be consensual, the accuser claims that she was unaware he was carrying the virus. “Believing Raymond’s statements that (the discharge) had been nothing and cleared up, (she) continued her relationship,” the legal papers state.
As a result of that night, the woman, whose name is unknown at this time, was diagnosed with the virus along with a bad case of symptoms, including vaginal sores, fever, and chills, the reports says.
At the time, Usher allegedly paid the woman’s medical bills, which tallied to nearly $3,000. But he paid the ultimate price during the settlement.
The law in California reportedly states that it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit an STD, according to NY Daily News. It’s unclear where the singer contracted the virus or whether he knew he had it, but court papers suggest he was exposed to it around the same time he divorced, ex, Tameka Foster.
Usher has not issued a statement regarding the recent allegations.