Usher is sticking with his defense against herpes accuser Laura Helm. His current argument is that when she decided to have sex, she assumed the risk of STDs.
The singer just filed legal docs disputing the claims of Laura Helm, in which she scoffs at the notion she assumed the risk of contracting genital herpes by having sex with him. She says in her lawsuit she contracted the STD from Usher.
He says, “With 1 in 6 chance that any given partner can have genital herpes, [she] assumed the risk of contracting an STD each and every time she chose to have unprotected sex with a casual, consensual partner.”
Usher is trying to get the lawsuit tossed out based on assumption of risk.
In other news, Laura has apparently switched up her story. At first, she said she and Usher had sex on two occasions and always wore a condom. In her lawsuit, she claims one of those times he did NOT use a condom.
TMZ obtained a recording of Helm on the phone telling a male friend she had no plans to sue Usher after finding out he allegedly has herpes. She said Usher had always worn a condom when they had sex … so she wasn’t concerned about being exposed to the virus. As she put it … “That’s why they make protection, for people who have STDs.”
The conversation went down July 19 … just 2 days before Helm filed the lawsuit and changed her story. In the docs she said Usher did NOT use a condom when they had sex in New Orleans. The two different stories seem to create a huge credibility problem for Helm.
West says Helm “didn’t want to be exploited and, in her attempt to deter Byron from doing so, she told him (inaccurately) that she never had unprotected sex with Usher and that she did not have herpes.” West adds she’s gone to law enforcement because Helm thinks Byron was extorting her.
Worth noting — Helm also accused Byron of stalking her, but on Friday a judge dismissed the matter for lack of evidence.
Listen to the recording below.