In July, a woman filed a $10 million lawsuit against Usher for allegedly exposing her to herpes. The woman, who was simply known as “Jane Doe,” filed the suit after learning Usher had paid a $1.1 million settlement to another woman in 2012 whom he reportedly infected with the STD. But now the identity of the plantiff has been revealed in an effort to move the case forward.
According to documents uncovered by RadarOnline, attorney Lisa West revealed her client’s identity as Laura Helm in papers filed in Georgia September 19. Helm requested she be named because Usher had “attempted to stall the progression of this case,” since she was only identified as “Jane Doe.”
Helm then goes on to explain her relationship with Usher, saying he was a “platonic acquaintance who had close mutual friends” for years. However, in 2017 the two became intimate on two separate occasions: April 16, 2017 in Atlanta and April 28, 2017 in New Orleans. As Radar Online explained:
“After a lengthy friendship, at her home in Atlanta they ‘began engaging in intimate sexual relations, including skin to skin contact and after Defendant put on a condom that he brought with him, vaginal-penile intercourse,’ she wrote in the documents, adding that the Defendant ‘did not ejaculate.’
“She claimed he removed his condom and encouraged her to perform oral sex on the singer. When she complied, he then ‘immediately grabbed his penis and went into the bathroom’ to prevent her from being able to observe him ejaculate.
“Helm also claimed that she met Usher at his hotel room in New Orleans on April 28, 2017 where they again had oral sex and intercourse.
“She claims her repeatedly requested and encouraged her to perform oral sex on the hotel balcony. He then ‘performed oral sex upon Plaintiff.’
“‘Although Defendant brought and wore a condom during intercourse relations on April 16, 2017, in Georgia he did not produce or wear a condom during intercourse relations with Plaintiff on April 28, 2017,’ the court papers alleged.
“After engaging in the sexual and intimate relations, he ‘leapt from the bed, grabbed his penis, ran to the bathroom, and began to shower again.’”
The emphasis on the ejaculate is likely a result of details from the 2012 lawsuit which reported Usher once experienced “a greenish discharge” from his penis but otherwise had no signs of the infection and was labeled an “asymptomatic carrier” by doctors.
In Helm’s lawsuit, she details the symptoms she allegedly experienced after her sexual encounters with Usher, which included an “unusual bump” on the inside of her cheek and “an unusual bump the size of a pea that was painful to the press touch” on her vagina.
After she learned that Usher had been infected with Herpes Simplex 2 in 2009 or 2010 July 19, 2017 with the rest of the world, Helms claims she went to the doctor and tested positive. She also said she had no sexual or intimate relations with any person between the time she had sex with Usher on April 16, 2017 and when she began developing symptoms of the STD.
While Helm initially asked for $10 million in her lawsuit, once she tested positive she upped the figure to $20 million.