AceShowbiz - Singer Usher is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed against him by a woman who claims he knowingly gave her a sexually transmitted disease.
Laura Helm alleged she contracted herpes during unprotected sex sessions with the Yeah! hitmaker in July (17). The singer previously denied Helm's claims, and in November (17) her lawyer requested the dismissal of a $20 million (£15.1 million) lawsuit without prejudice.
In April, Helm filed a new lawsuit in Georgia for several counts of negligence, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud.
Usher is now seeking to have the latest lawsuit dismissed, arguing Helm assumed the risk by having "unprotected, casual consensual sex" with him. He also wants her to cover his legal fees, according to Bossip.
Meanwhile, the singer is also facing legal action from Quantasia Sharpton, who went public with 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 also 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.