Usher‘s legal team has filed a response to the lawsuit from two women and a man who sued the “8701” album maker, saying he allegedly had sexual relations with them in the past without telling them he has the STD. One of the accusers, Quantasia Sharpton, had told reporters that while she does not have herpes, she was “upset” by tabloid reports that said the singer does, saying, “I would have never consented if I would have known.”
His legal team—via docs—stated that Usher “general and specifically denies each and every allegation contained in the complaint and the entirety thereof, including each purported cause of action contained therein.”
The documents also state that any “alleged conduct” by the singer, “which is expressly denied,” was “unintentional” and that each of the accusers “assumed the risk of any alleged harm” that they may have suffered related to the allegations.
The papers also say that the accusers’ causes of action are “barred, in whole or in part, by the doctrine of unclean hands,” meaning that the three people allegedly acted unethically with respect to the subject of their complaint.
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“Usher’s lawyers filed a standard legal answer. We look forward to taking Usher’s deposition soon and to proving our case in court,” Lisa Bloom—he lawyer representing the accusers—said in a statement.
The three accusers are suing Usher for “damages over alleged sexual battery, fraud, negligence” and “infliction of emotional distress.”