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Usher asks judge to throw out herpes lawsuit, report says

Usher is currently fighting a lawsuit that accuses him of knowingly infecting a woman with herpes, and he’s now asking the judge to dismiss the case. 

» RELATED: Fulton County woman files suit against Usher for giving her herpes

In a recently filed countersuit, the “Confessions” singer, born Usher Raymond, denies transmitting the incurable virus to his accuser Laura Helm, a metro Atlanta resident, according to court documents obtained by BOSSIP

Raymond said Helm has not provided any evidence that he gave her herpes, according to the online entertainment news site. He also stated that Helm assumed the risks associated with engaging in “unprotected, casual consensual sex,” and that she did not require him to wear a condom. The entertainer also said that Helm may have contracted the virus from another partner. 

Raymond has requested that the suit be dropped and that Helm pays his lawyer fees. 

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In 2017, Helm sued the star for negligence, fraud, battery and infliction of emotional distress after she said she contracted herpes from him. 

She said she was diagnosed soon after the two allegedly had two sexual encounters in 2017. She said Raymond has not denied having the virus and that he had a legal obligation to warn her of his status.

Although the suit was dropped last year, she was able to refile since the first suit was dropped without prejudice, according to Atlanta Black Star

The judge has yet to rule on the case. 

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