Remember back in 1998, when Bill Clinton went on TV and proclaimed, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky”? Well, Usher just reinterpreted the forty-second president’s infamous speech. But instead of talking about a 22-year-old White House intern, Usher is talking about a woman who alleges that he (Usher, that is, not President Clinton) gave her herpes. Gird your loins (and protect them if you are going to have sex with Usher) because this story is going to get very interesting.
For years, stories have circulated about Usher’s sexual activity and his (alleged) proclivity for not telling sexual partners that he is infected with herpes simplex virus 2. This virus, also known as the genital herpes strain of the virus, is not fatal, but it is incurable and infected individuals must live with it for the rest of their lives.
Stories keep coming up that allege Usher has some pretty unethical behavior in bed. This makes us ask: Where there is smoke, there is fire? Where there’s Usher, there is genital herpes? Click next to read more about the latest Usher news.
Not all of these stories are just rumors. In 2012, Usher settled a lawsuit with a woman who alleged that he did not inform her that he is infected with the herpes virus. Additional individuals have likewise accused Usher of unethical sexual behavior. The 2012 lawsuit was settled for over a $1 million.
The saga of Usher’s alleged herpes, and his alleged tendency to infect sexual partners, continues. Earlier this week, attorney Lisa Bloom publicly appeared with her client, Quantasia Sharpton, who claims to have had a sexual relationship with Usher, and that he did not tell her that he is infected with the virus that causes genital herpes. Click next to read the latest iteration of Usher’s ongoing herpes scandal.
Sharpton claims that Usher picked her out of the audience at one of his concerts. He got her number, and he later went over to her hotel room where they engaged in sexual contact. Sharpton claims that Usher didn’t tell her he allegedly had genital herpes. Some sources claim that Usher told them that he may have pulled her up onstage, which is not too uncommon for a concert.
However, sources (supposedly) close to Usher say that the 38 year old popstar contends that he doesn’t remember Quantasia Sharpton, and he absolutely, positively did not hook up with Sharpton. His claims that supposedly refute any contact with Sharpton seem spurious at best, given the history of allegations against Usher.
According to these sources, Usher claims that he–in no way, shape, or form–had sex with Quantasia Sharpton, the woman who came forward this week, represented by attorney Lisa Bloom, and claimed that the famous singer exposed her to the herpes simplex 2. He says he did not smash her because he’s just not into her “type.” Uh huh, Usher—this sounds like some fat shaming nonsense if we ever heard it.
Usher has an explanation to back up his claim that he did not have sexual relations with that woman, Quantasia Sharpton (to paraphrase Bill Clinton). He says that he may have picked Sharpton out of the crowd and brought her onstage during a concert because, as the sources claim, Usher “looks to bring a diverse group of people up onstage, not just supermodels.” We are giving Usher some major side eye right now.
Perhaps some people do not want to think that Usher is sexually attracted to overweight women, as that is somehow shameful. Usher’s (supposed) statement to these sources about his method of choosing women from the audience to join him onstage seems to be a quasi polite way of saying that Quantasia Sharpton might have been brought on stage, but she is definitely not a supermodel (Usher’s implied “type”), and that is why he would not smash. We think perhaps Usher doth protest too much?
If our interpretation of Usher’s statement is correct, it is gross for so many reasons—it’s not wrong to be attracted to women who are not “supermodels,” but it is really wrong to say things that imply that non-models are repulsive to you or somehow beneath you socially and automatically unfit to be your sexual partner. That’s some fat shaming rhetoric, and we think it’s gross. It’s one thing to just not be attracted to someone; it’s another to imply that they are not worthy of your (alleged) herpetic d.
Usher’s statement is also a way to imply that maybe she is a crazed fan who misunderstood what he meant by bringing her on stage, and then developed a whole story in her head about their relationship. One source close to Usher who knows the story says that he believes that Usher chooses various people from the crowd to single out as “an esteem booster.” This is some condescending stuff. So, Quantasia Sharpton might have been brought on stage, but it was just to make her feel better about herself? Gross, Usher. Gross.
But the story is not that straightforward. Some of Quantasia Sharpton’s public statements have made her motives seem less than noble. She discussed her money woes on social media. Her lawyer claims that Sharpton’s statement “I need money” has nothing to do with her lawsuit against Usher, that Sharpton is just struggling financially like so many Americans. Bloom also noted that Sharpton didn’t put a dollar amount on the lawsuit, and only wants what a jury deems appropriate.
So, who is telling the truth? According to legal documents from other cases as well as a lot of gossip, Usher (allegedly) has herpes and spreads it to unsuspecting partners. If this is true, it is both a massive personal ethical violation and it is also a legal matter.
If Usher spread herpes to women without their knowledge or consent, that is a travesty and it is morally reprehensible. In this particular case, though, there are also dimensions of society’s treatment of overweight women, in addition to how poorly (some) men treat women in general. If Quantasia Sharpton is another one of Usher’s victims, stating that she is not his type is just cruel. Maybe pop stars with incurable STDs is not her type, Usher, you ever think about that?