By Carolyn Tisdale
Photo credits: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TIDAL
It’s been a bad week for black men who rule the world of R&B music. First, it was BuzzFeed’s explosive story about R. Kelly being some type of $ex slavemaster of some all-woman cult.
Then by midweek, there was Radar Online’s damning exposé about eight-time Grammy Award winner Usher Raymond (pictured). It turns out the “Let It Burn” hit maker did exactly that: Burn somebody in the worst way.
According to court documents that eventually got into the hands of a secret Radar correspondent, Mr. Raymond paid $1.1 million to settle a disgusting lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed by a woman named Maya Fox-Davis. She actually served as a bridesmaid for Tameka Foster, Raymond’s ex-wife. Foster’s divorce from Raymond was finalized in 2009. Raymond then began or continued a $exual relationship with Fox-Davis.
According to the legal complaint filed several years ago by Fox-Davis’ attorney, Raymond knowingly infected her with the herpes virus after “being exposed” to the STD in either 2009 or 2010. In 2012, Raymond posted a check for $2,754.40 to cover Fox-Davis’ medical bills.
However, prior to her visit to an urgent care facility where she was officially diagnosed with herpes, Fox-Davis claimed that Raymond denied being infected with any serious STD.
“Believing Raymond’s statements that [the greenish discharge] had been nothing and cleared up, [Fox-Davis] continued her [$exual] relationship [with Raymond],” wrote an attorney for Fox-Davis in the legal complaint.
Raymond may have thought that paying $1.1 million dollars in 2012 to settle the Fox-Davis lawsuit filed against him would make everything go away. However, Fox-Davis still has to deal with the trauma of being infected with an STD, which has no cure.
“Getting infected with genital herpes from Raymond has devastated Fox-Davis. She feels that her health and body have been ruined. From the day she was infected continuing to the present, Fox-Davis has experienced severe emotional distress and has been extremely depressed,” the legal complaint also reads.
On Wednesday evening, VladTV.com reported that Foster used social media to clear up any rumors floating around about her possibly being infected with the virus as well.
“I have been divorced 8 years… Some issues are not my business… ex-husbands, ex-friends, snakes, hoes, characters, etc. Not my circus, not my clowns,” Foster reportedly wrote.