Dallasblack.com: Celebrity Attorney Lisa Bloom Speaks Out & Reveals Most Of Usher's Accusers Are 'Plus-Sized' Women


Saturday, August 19, 2017 9:07 AM

Celebrity Attorney Lisa Bloom Speaks Out & Reveals Most Of Usher's Accusers Are 'Plus-Sized' Women

By: Monya Fleming

Celebrity Attorney Lisa Bloom Speaks Out & Reveals Most Of Usher's Accusers Are 'Plus-Sized' Women
Usher's fans were quite surprised when one of the accusers in the herpes lawsuit against him went public.

People had a hard time believing the singer would hook up with Quantasia Sharpton, who is a full-figured woman. 

However, Sharpton's lawyer Lisa Bloom has revealed that most women coming forward in the case have been plus-sized.

Quantasia is one of three accusers that have come forward to file a lawsuit against the singer for exposing her to herpes. The other two plantiffs, a woman and a man, have kept their identity anonymous.

Sharpton’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, spoke to Billboard about her client’s lawsuit against the "Let It Burn" singer.

What made you decide to tackle the lawsuit against Usher Raymond?

Lisa Bloom: Well, I’m generally on the side of the underdog against a powerful person or company. That’s what I’ve been doing for 31 years. In the case of Usher, there have been news reports for about a month that he was diagnosed with genital herpes in 2009 or so. And then in 2012, he paid off a woman who he had infected without warning her first. There were some documents posted online to substantiate that. The news organization that posted it is standing by their story. So Usher has not responded.

It’s possible that those news reports are false, but based on that, a lot of people have called me. They’re real concerned about their reproductive health, because they say that they’ve had unprotected sex with Usher since 2012. He failed to warn them. They would not have had sex with him if they knew he had a terrible STD like herpes. Some of them are positive and some of them are negative, but in all cases, if he was positive and he knew it and he didn’t disclose it, he exposed them to the virus, and that’s a violation of their rights.

So my team at the Bloom firm and I have been doing a lot of research on this, and a lot of investigation the last couple of weeks. We’ve decided to represent three of these individuals who have stories that have corroboration, which means evidence or witnesses to back them up. As to the others, we’re still reviewing their stories and still investigating. But you know, I think ordinary people deserve to have their rights protected. So that’s what this is all about to me.

Numerous sources have indicated that your client, Quantasia Sharpton, once revealed on Twitter that she was in need of money.

Lisa Bloom: Well, numerous sources have not revealed that. This is all based on one post on social media out of thousands and thousands of posts that she’s done where she simply said three words: “I need money.” Let’s not enlarge that to “numerous sources say that she’s desperate for money.” 99 percent of America needs money. So it’s a simple statement.

She’s not a wealthy person. She’s a single mom. She lives in a tough neighborhood. And she has over the years made jokes to her friends on social media, and they’ve joked back things like, “Hey! Wanna loan me a million dollars?” This is just the way people talk to each other. I think if 99 percent of America was being honest, they too would say they need money. This is not a crime, to be poor. It’s not a crime to be honest about it. That’s a big stretch from that to say that she’s lying about this case.

We haven’t put a dollar amount on the case. We haven’t asked for a particular amount of money, unlike some other cases that have been filed. This is not about money. And what she said in the press conference was, “Hey Usher: If you’re negative just say so, so that everybody’s mind can be put at rest.” Does that sound like somebody to you who’s just greedy for money?

What made her decide to come out now rather than earlier?

Lisa Bloom: It’s only been a few weeks. It’s only been about three or four weeks since this news broke about Usher being positive for genital herpes. Nobody knew that before. If it’s true, the only people who knew it were Usher and whoever he revealed that to, but he didn’t reveal that to my clients. So Quantasia called me, as did many, many others, to find out what their rights are.
What their rights are is that they have the right to be warned when making a decision about whether they want to have sex with somebody who has an STD — because we all get to make choices about our own bodies with full information.

A report on TMZ came out saying that someone from his camp says Usher denies ever sleeping with your client, and that he brought her onstage as an “esteem booster.” What are your thoughts on that new report?

Lisa Bloom: This is very interesting to me. Number one, there are a lot of videos that you can find very easily — I retweeted one of them — of Usher choosing to bring onstage a woman who is a plus-sized woman, dancing with her, very, very provocatively. If you look at his face in that video, he does not look like he’s mocking anyone. He looks like he’s into it, and he even lies back and has her grind on him onstage. I will say that all of the women who have called me have been big women, have been heavyset, plus-sized women. I think the easiest thing for us to win in this case is that Usher enjoys big women.

I also find it interesting that he’s choosing to have people make these statements for him and he still hasn’t denied the herpes allegations, which is really the core of the case. So he’s choosing to fat-shame Quantasia, who was one of his fans. Many of his fans look like her. I don’t think that’s appropriate. But the biggest problem that he has is videos showing that he’s clearly into big girls. Final thought I would just say on that is, beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and shame on him for trying to embarrass her because of her size. Her incident, by the way, was a couple of years ago, and she was slimmer than she is now. She’s had a baby in the interim.

How has Quantasia been dealing with the controversy since the press conference?

Lisa Bloom: It’s been very hard on her. It’s been hard to see her social media posts being taken out of context to try to humiliate her for not having money, for being a plus-sized woman. She knew that some of this was probably going to happen because there’s a lot of cruelty in social media. I think all the meanest people in the world go on social media and try to embarrass people. Shame on them. It’s been very, very hard for her.

Nevertheless, she is standing strong with her story. By the way, we have corroboration for this story. So, you know, people can say what they want to say. I think she’s very brave, and the only way that we’ll ever advance as a culture for ordinary people is for people like Quantasia to stand up and say, “This was wrong and I’m going to stand up for myself.” That’s the only way we’ll ever move anything forward. I’m very proud to stand with her and fight for her rights.

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