In a report released by New York Daily News, an unidentified woman filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against the singer Usher. The plaintiff (“Jane Doe”) sued the singer for $20 million in damages. The woman claimed that her twin infants were born dead because of a virus she got from the singer. According to her, the singer never informed her about his herpes diagnosis. The woman is one of the three people who filed a lawsuit against the singer, claiming that he failed to inform them about his alleged herpes diagnosis. The three plaintiffs are proposing that the singer should be tested at an Atlanta clinic near his home.

Usher’s attorney denied the allegations

Usher will defend himself vigorously in court against these opportunistic claims and we will not comment further on the private legal matter,” Usher’s attorney said when asked about the issue. Although the attorney declined to comment on the specifics of the lawsuit, she shared that her client planned to fight the accusations in court.

In California, where the singer currently lives, it is illegal to recklessly and knowingly transfer a sexually transmitted disease. According to the Sun, Usher was first diagnosed in 2009 when he was finalizing his divorce from his ex-wife Tameka Foster. The singer was awarded primary custody of their two boys. The R&B star is currently married to Grace Miguel who he wed in 2015.

How can the herpes virus cause a miscarriage?

According to medical experts, herpes can be passed from a mother to her babies. Neonatal herpes can happen in three ways, one is during pregnancy. Babies can be exposed to the virus when they are still in the uterus. This was the case claimed by the woman against Usher. Doctors say that the risk of passing the virus to the baby is highest during the first twenty weeks of pregnancy.

When the virus is transmitted transplacentally, it can lead to a fetal death for the baby. In other words, women who acquired the virus have higher chances of having a miscarriage or giving birth prematurely.

Another way of passing on the virus is when the baby passes through an infected vagina. Herpes can be also be passed through skin-to-skin contact between the infected person and the baby.

According to experts, there is no cure for the Herpes Virus, but medications can lessen the symptoms and the risk of passing it to others. Symptoms and signs of the virus can be generally seen about two to twelve days after acquiring it.