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Monday, October 30, 2017 8:26 AM

Usher Accuser Reportedly Might Drop $20M Herpes Lawsuit

By: Elliah Dash-Stell

Usher Accuser Reportedly Might Drop $20M Herpes Lawsuit
TMZ is reporting that one of Usher's herpes accusers is now reconsidering pushing forward with her $20 million lawsuit, after she suddenly ditched her attorney in the case.

Laura Helm's attorney, Lisa West, filed a motion Thursday to withdraw from the case, as she could no longer "effectively represent" her client. 

But, sources connected to Laura confided to TMZ that Laura really just fired her lawyer.

Furthermore, it seems that told Laura is now uncertain about whether or not to continue the legal battle with Usher at all. His attorney has already filed a motion to dismiss the case and, for the time being, Laura has until November 5 to respond.



Laura, reportedly a former long-term friend of the crooner’s, initially claimed that they had two sexual encounters. One protected and one sans protection


That said, she may have been caught in a lie about the details. In a taped phone call with her publicist, Dennis Byron, she stated that she never had unprotected sex with the singer, just two days before filing her second lawsuit. She also expressed that she had no plans to sue him because she had “no concern” about contracting herpes.

Supposedly this was to prevent Dennis from selling the story or something?


She first filed a lawsuit against the singer for $10 million, but later bumped that amount to $20 million when she was diagnosed with herpes in July. She claims to have suffered "extreme and debilitating mental, emotional and physical distress and anguish, humiliation and embarrassment" as a result of the herpes diagnosis.

Usher previously filed court documents requesting the judge toss out the case because the alleged victim couldn’t prove he gave her the STD and declared that she put herself at risk by having unprotected sex; "she assumed the risk of getting herpes by having casual, unprotected sexual intercourse and/or oral sex."


Laura responded to this by saying that she wasn’t aware of the “risk” because he didn't tell her he allegedly has herpes. 


There are other alleged victims too. All of this seems to have bubbled to the surface after news that Usher tossed out $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit with a woman who claimed the singer infected her with herpes in 2012 came out in late July.



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