How Herpes STD cost award-winning musician Usher Ksh110 million

Recently, Kenyan gospel musician DK Kwenye Beat, born David Kilonzo, was accused of infecting a young Nakuru-based woman with sexually transmitted infection, herpes, claims he is yet to deny or confirm.

Herpes, which is a serious infection, has cost several musicians their reputation, including American R&B star Usher, who in July 2017, was forced to part with $1.1 million (Ksh110 million) in July 2017 to settle a lawsuit after a woman claimed to have contracted herpes from the singer.

Court papers published at the time, showed that the “Confessions” singer was allegedly diagnosed with herpes around 2009 or 2010, about the time he filed for divorce from ex-wife Tameka Foster.

The 40-year-old reportedly passed the disease to a celebrity stylist.

Usher was accused of “consciously and purposefully” withholding his diagnosis from the woman “and continued to have unprotected sex” with her.

He also allegedly told the victim he had tested negative for the virus, despite a “greenish discharge” from his penis.

The woman was tested and diagnosed with herpes after suffering from vaginal sores, fevers and chills, according to the court papers.

The stylist reportedly said she “felt that her health and body have been ruined” and “suffered severe emotional distress and was extremely depressed … knowing there is no cure.”

According to New York Daily News, California law states that it is illegal to knowingly or recklessly transmit a STD.

Court papers showed that the singer paid $2,754.40 (Ksh280, 000) of the victim’s medical bills in 2012.

He eventually settled with the woman on December 28, 2012, settling for a total of $1.1 million (Ksh110 million).

Usher married his now-estranged wife, Grace Miguel, in 2015.

The couple filed for divorce in December, 2018 after separating in March, 2018.

Miguel served as Usher’s manager at one point.


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