Usher has yet to publicly dispute a lawsuit in which a man and two women claim that he failed to tell them he had genital herpes before having sex with them.
But he and his fans are seeking to malign the reputation — and the looks — of at least one of his accusers: Quantasia Sharpton. The 21-year-old came forward in a press conference Monday to claim she and the singer had sex after one of his concerts in 2015. As footage of the live conference showed, Sharpton is a plus-sized woman.
While Sharpton said she didn’t contract herpes from her alleged encounter with Usher, she is suing the R&B singer for knowingly exposing her to the virus without telling her he had it.
Usher’s other two accusers have chosen to remain anonymous, and perhaps they will continue to do so given that Sharpton has faced fierce online backlash from people who wonder if she’s just making the claim in order to become rich and famous.
hey point to a tweet, uncovered by TMZ, in which Sharpton, who uses the name Angel Valentino on Twitter, said she “needed money” and then another tweet, posted several hours before her press conference, in which she said, “Enjoying my last couple of hours as a regular girl.”
The most prominent line of attack among those wanting to claim she’s a liar or a scammer zeroes in on her weight.
As the press conference in New York City, Sharpton stood next to her more petite attorney Lisa Bloom. After footage of her press conference made the rounds on gossip sites, the overwhelming response is that there is no way a rich, successful Grammy-winning star like Usher would have sex with someone who looks like her, the Huffington Post reported.
Usher himself is taking that line of defense, according to TMZ. He’s telling those in his close circle that there’s no way he would have had sex with Sharpton because he’s just not “into her type.”
In her version of events, Sharpton said she was at an Usher concert several years ago when she was 19. It was her birthday and she was wearing a crown, so apparently she got noticed by some of his people.
“I was selected to go backstage before the show,” she said at her press conference. She was told that Usher had seen her backstage and asked for her number. After the concert, she said she returned to her hotel and got a call from Usher, asking for her hotel and room number. He arrived a half hour later. They talked for a while, then had “sexual contact,” Sharpton said.
Usher is telling members of his “circle” that he may have pulled Sharpton up on stage at a concert, though he doesn’t specifically remember. But, sure, Usher would have pulled a large girl up on stage and paid special attention to her in front of an audience, his friends said. That’s because he “looks to bring a diverse group of people up onstage, not just supermodels,” these sources told TMZ. He believes it’s an “esteem booster” for women to be singled out by him in this way.
However, Usher was emphatic in saying he “absolutely didn’t hook up” with Sharpton.
Controversial comedian Lil Duval came to Usher’s defense, tweeting that he refused to believe that Usher had sex with Sharpton though he put it in more obscene terms. That tweet had 6700 likes as of Wednesday morning.
The Huffington Post added that Sharpton has faced fat-shaming and harassment on both her Instagram and Twitter pages, which have since been either deleted or made private. But the comment sections on entertainment sites and social media also question whether Usher would sleep with her. Sharpton’s size has also made people question her claims that she was upset about being exposed to an STD because she was concerned about her health.
But however much Usher and his critics want to go after Sharpton, they haven’t had much definitive to say about Usher’s other accusers, other than that they think they must be lying.
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Usher’s other accusers also include the female plaintiff in a 2012 lawsuit who said she contracted herpes from Usher. She reportedly settled a lawsuit for $1.1 million.
As for the woman and man who joined Sharpton in her suit, people on entertainment sites and Twitter have, yes, highlighted the fact that one of the accusers is male. On Twitter, many accompanied their posts with GIFs of celebrities with shocked face.
source: the mercury news