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More People Sue Usher Over Herpes (Photos)

| by Sheena Vasani

Even more people are suing singer Usher after he allegedly failed to tell them he had herpes simplex two before engaging in sexual activity with them.

Two women and a man are now joining forces with celebrity lawyer Lisa Bloom, who will officially file the lawsuit on Aug. 7 in California, reports the Daily Mail.

That same morning, one of the reported victims -- 21-year-old Quantasia Sharpton -- spoke of the encounter at a New York press conference.

Upon being selected from the crowd to go backstage two years ago, she says Usher reportedly sent a security guard to inform Sharpton he was interested in her.

“I love Usher’s artistry and music," she said, People reports. "I went to a concert of his with some friends a few years ago, to celebrate my birthday. I was wearing a birthday crown, and because of that I was selected to go backstage before the show."

After the show ended, she engaged in sexual relations with the star and "never heard from him again."

When documents were released from a 2012 case revealing Usher had the virus, she was shocked.

After another woman who alleges she slept with the singer in April filed a $20 million lawsuit for infecting her, Sharpton says she decided to take action.

Although Sharpton tested negative for the virus when she gave birth last year, she contacted the woman's lawyer, Bloom, hoping Usher will tell his partners if he has an STD.

"I am speaking out today on behalf of myself and others, some of whom are positive and are embarrassed to speak out publicly," she said. "I am doing this so that he does not do this to anyone else."

Usher has yet to confirm whether he has herpes, which is something Sharpton and Bloom also criticized him for.

"Usher, if you are negative, please say so," said Sharpton. "If you are positive, you need to warn your sex partners, so that they can make their own informed decisions."

"News reports can be wrong, and only medical tests can answer the question here," Bloom added later. "But if Mr. [Usher] Raymond is negative, by allowing this story to go unrebutted for weeks on end, he has caused many people to be concerned about their reproductive health."

Bloom added her clients were not asking for a specific amount of money and were fine with whatever award the jury decides upon.

"[It's] really not about money," she said.

"If Mr. Raymond is in fact a carrier of the virus, as these reports state, my three clients allege that he violated their rights by failing to warn them prior to having sexual contact with them," added Bloom.

"No one in America -- even a popular celebrity -- is above the law."

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