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Usher Says He Didn’t Give Accusers Herpes, But If He Did, It Was Unintentional

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 15: Usher performs onstage at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame 48th Annual Induction and Awards at New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame)

This summer, Usher been accused by multiple women of allegedly exposing them to genital herpes. Through his legal team, the R&B star has denied infecting any of the accusers. Today, he’s updated his defense: Usher denied “each and every allegation” of his accusers, but if he did give them herpes, he didn’t do it on on purpose.

“Any alleged conduct by defendant, which is expressly denied, was unintentional,” he argued in court documents obtained by the New York Daily News. “Any harm that any plaintiff alleges to have suffered was caused in whole or in part by that plaintiff’s own negligence.”

Usher is currently facing a $20 million lawsuit from an anonymous Georgian woman alleging that he failed to disclose that he had herpes. The singer has attempted to get that case thrown out, saying that she didn’t get tested before having sex with him and that “a previous sexual partner very well may have already infected her.” Read a brief timeline here.