Attorney Lisa Bloom says she’s filing a lawsuit on behalf of three people accusing singer Usher of not disclosing an alleged sexually transmitted disease diagnosis prior to sexual contact.
On Friday, she announced in a statement that she will hold a press conference Monday afternoon in New York City where one of the female accusers will speak. The other two, she said, wish to remain private and will be named as Jane Doe and John Doe in the suit.
The suit, which she says will be filed in California, alleges Usher, 38, contracted genital herpes before his encounters with her clients, all of which Bloom says happened after 2012.
Bloom’s statement did not say whether any of them contracted a sexually transmitted disease.
Usher’s representatives did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
California law says that individuals who know they have a STD are guilty of a misdemeanor if they do not disclose their status to partners before engaging in sexual acts.
In the case of HIV-positive individuals, it’s a felony punishable by up to eight years in prison. The law was enacted at the height of the AIDS crisis.
However, this spring, a bill was introduced that would downgrade the crime to a misdemeanor in recognition that HIV is no longer a death sentence thanks to medical advances.
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