A woman who slapped Usher with a multimillion-dollar lawsuit has filed to dismiss the case after claiming the singer refused to disclose that he had genital herpes before a sexual encounter and passed the STD along to her.
However, it wasn’t a judge who dismissed the case, but the plaintiff herself. TMZ reports that Laura Helm filed legal documents on Friday to dismiss her suit, which sought $20 million from Usher over claims that he gave her herpes.
As TMZ notes, the filing was to dismiss the case “without prejudice” but “with intent to refile,” adding that “it’s unclear why her lawyer made the move to dismiss.”
In a statement to E! News, Usher’s attorney addressed the dismissal.
“It’s our sincere hope that this dismissal will bring an end to the opportunistic litigation against Usher in Georgia,” reads the statement.
Previously, Usher’s lawyer had petitioned the judge to dismiss the case, with the singer denying all accusations made against him.
“With a one in six chance that any given partner could have genital herpes, plaintiff assumed the risk of contracting an STD each and every time she chose to have unprotected sex with a casual, consensual party,” Usher’s attorney, Steve Sadow, stated in earlier court documents.
“To be perfectly clear, [Usher] is not asking the court to pass moral or societal judgment on plaintiff,” the documents state. “[Usher] is only seeking the correct application of the legal doctrine of assumption of risk as interpreted and construed in Georgia’s appellate decisions.”