For the first time, Usher has responded to accusations that he exposed sex partners to genital herpes.
According to TMZ, Usher’s lawyers filed a legal document on Tuesday (Sept. 5) denying “each and every allegation” made by two women and one man who filed a joint lawsuit last month claiming sexual battery, fraud, negligence, and infliction of emotional distress.
The R&B singer says even if sexual contact did take place, there was never any intent to harm.
“Any alleged conduct by the defendant, which is expressly denied, was unintentional,” the filing in Los Angeles County Superior Court states.
Usher is reportedly seeking to have the lawsuits dismissed citing 13 more specific reasons why he claims the suit has no merit. His reasons include legal technicalities, such as the statute of limitations, lack of standing by plaintiffs, the improper joining of plaintiffs in one suit, insufficient facts, and failure to meet legal standards.
The paperwork, filed by lawyers Laura Wasser and Zia Modabber, also claims “each plaintiff assumed the risk of any alleged harm,” in any sexual contact that took place.
“Any harm that any plaintiff alleges to have suffered was caused in whole or in part by that plaintiff’s own negligence,” the filing states.
Usher’s response further accuses the plaintiffs of “unclean hands,” meaning he believes they’ve acted unethically.
Two of the plaintiffs have remained anonymous, but one of the women, Quantasia Sharpton, has been outspoken in her battle against Usher.