More details have emerged about Usher’s Georgia accuser, Laura Helm, that may jeopardize her $20 million lawsuit against R&B crooner Usher.
Helm, 32, sued Usher for allegedly infecting her with the herpes virus. In her legal documents, filed in Fulton County, Georgia, Helm insisted Usher did not wear a condom during a sexual encounter in her hometown of New Orleans in April.
But that’s not what she told her former publicist, Dennis Byron — just 2 days before she filed her lawsuit against Usher.
Gossip webloid TMZ obtained a recording of Helm telling Byron that Usher did wear a condom during their sexual romp in New Orleans earlier this year.
According to TMZ, Helm said Usher had always worn a condom when they had sex, so she wasn’t concerned about being exposed to the herpes virus. Helm is heard on the audio tape saying, “That’s why they make protection, for people who have STDs.”
But Helm’s attorney, Lisa West, tells TMZ that Helm lied to Byron about Usher not using condoms because she thought Byron would try and sell the information to the blogs.
West claims Helm was trying to stop Byron from shopping a story that Usher had an extramarital affair.
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 protected sex with Usher and that she did not have herpes.”
Helm also accused Byron of stalking and extorting her in a restraining order filed 2 weeks ago.
But on Friday, magistrate Tamika Hrobowski-Houston threw out the restraining order for lack of evidence.
During the nearly 3 hour hearing, West accused Byron of selling information to a certain Atlanta blogger.