Usher Settles $20M Herpes Lawsuit
Laura Helm, the woman who was suing Usher for $20 million dollars, filed to dismiss her lawsuit earlier this week. According to TMZ, Helm and the platinum-selling singer have “reached an amicable resolution.”
She claimed Usher — real name Usher Raymond IV — gave her herpes after they had a sexual encounter a few years back. The dismissal was filed with prejudice, which means it can’t be refiled, something typically done when there’s been a financial settlement.
Helm initially sued Usher in 2017, claiming he had exposed her to the virus when they had unprotected sex. She was originally seeking $10 million but then raised it to $20 million for emotional harm and punitive damages.
No word on what kind of settlement was reached.
Helm is one of several women who have accused Usher of giving them the sexually transmitted disease. Through his lawyers, Laura Wasser and Zia Modabber, Usher denied all of the accusations. In fact, he even dismissed claims they’d had sexual contact in the first place.