Woman Sues After Catching Herpes from Rihanna-Endorsed Lipstick



A woman says that she has the right to sue after she allegedly caught herpes from a lipstick store endorsed by Rihanna.  Starkeema Greenidge, 28, says that she got the virus when a sales associate applied a used tube of the lipstick to the woman’s lips.   She says that contracting the virus kept her from being able to earn money and that she also suffered humiliation.

“I wasn’t able to work for two weeks. It cost me a lot of money,” Greenidge,said.

The woman says that she put the name MAC in her lawsuit in order to get the company to be more careful in the future.   She says the company should be better trained to protect the public.

“This is going to happen over and over again if nothing is done,” said Greenidge.

Starkeema Greenidge’s lawsuit was filed in Manhattan and the woman claims that she was told to purse her lips together and move the lipstick around.   She says that the MAC pop-up shop was set up outside a Rihanna concert and also endorsed by the singer.

“(MAC) didn’t use a fresh or new lipstick tube, but rather one that had been used for other patrons,” the suit charges.

The woman says that MAC “should have known that by failing to use a disposable sample, separate lipstick, or separate swab for each patron, it was unsanitary and exposing patrons to possible spread of disease.”

Shortly after using the lipstick, the woman says that she developed cold sores.  Yuck.




  1. I think she's just letting people know how ignorant she was to see something unsanitary and allow it to be put on her mouth. I doubt that she'll get a cent. She dragged Rihanna's name into it because she probably figured that would get her publicity and $$$. Rihanna probably has about as much to do with that lipstick as you do.

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  3. How do we k know she hadn't had outbreaks previously. And common sense should make you want to run, when someone tells you to apply a product like lipstick to your lips after out has been used on previous patrons. Most women rub it on their back of their hand.. Smdh

  4. Aneya Tyanna on

    First, of all if she wins then the judge and jury are idiots. My major is Business Law and in actuality Rhianna could sue her for slander, deception, and distress. 2nd she put herself at risk knowingly and complete disregard, and 3rd but definitely not least COLD SORES are a form of herpes which is totally different then gential herpes lol her lawyer is ALSO an idiot and this major corporation will win. Think about the the attorney they can afford compared to this fly by night attorney she has representing her. I do not even have my degree and could win this case againt her without even searching through any court dockets. She is one dumb girl for attempting to sue and also for putting on make up used by hundreds of others yuck!

  5. This case has no merit becwuse first thing I would have asked would be did you ask them if they can use a fresh tube of
    lipstick or q tip? and if I were a judge I would fine her and her lawyer for wasting my time

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