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Mystery Celeb Negotiating Herpes Settlement

5/13/2011 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sources connected with the mystery celebrity herpes lawsuit tell TMZ ... the lawyer for the person who allegedly contracted herpes during a Las Vegas romp has been negotiating a financial settlement with the celeb.  And, by the way, the incident DID NOT OCCUR ON APRIL 1.

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Our sources say before the lawsuit was filed, attorney Keith Davidson contacted the celebrity's rep and began negotiating a settlement, but the amount was "way too low" for the plaintiff.  We're told Davidson then decided to file the lawsuit "as a warning shot across the bow."

After the suit was filed, our sources say negotiations have continued and the celeb has upped the settlement ante, although the parties are still far apart.

TMZ broke the story ... Davidson filed the suit on behalf of an unnamed plaintiff, claiming the celeb -- also unnamed -- assured the plaintiff before having sex that he was herpes-free.  The suit claims the celeb gave the plaintiff herpes.

Now get this ... TMZ has learned the alleged sexual encounter occurred LONG BEFORE APRIL 1, 2011.  The suit claims the incident occurred "on or before April 1."  We're told the actual incident occurred many months before April 1, but attorney Davidson intentionally put April 1 so reporters would not begin speculating who was in Vegas and who might be the culprit.

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151.

Ariel    

I think it could be either Tom Cruise or George Clooney or Sean Penn. Remember they said International superstar. I think Charlie Sheen is really only this big in the States.

1260 days ago
152.

edwar299    

Happyday: see attached article. You're clearly wrong about not being able to be sued for herpes. In addition, it's not blackmail if there is a plausible cause of action against a defendant. The attorney for the plaintiff obviously did his homework and realized transmissions of STD's are a cause of action in the state of california.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/california-court-upholds-67-million-award-herpes-lawsuit/story?id=13159756

Only morons and idiots are going to keep up with this 'it's blackmail' line of thought. IT'S NOT BLACKMAIL. Filing a civil suit w/ a good faith basis that a cause of action exists is not blackmail, its exercising a legal right.

1260 days ago
153.

Julia    

You are not alone even though you have herpes. Find others with herpes singles at site named STDmingle. com. you may be upset and think your sexual life is over. However, once you settle down and learn the facts, you'll realize that having herpes is not the end of the world, and it's not the end of your social life.

1260 days ago
154.

Julia    

You are not alone even though you have herpes. Find others with herpes singles at site named STDmingle. com. you may be upset and think your sexual life is over. However, once you settle down and learn the facts, you'll realize that having herpes is not the end of the world, and it's not the end of your social life.

1260 days ago
155.

beentheredonethat    

I knew tmz had an insider in hell, so the devil gave bin Laden the burn... case solved now everyone can go on about there lives for another 5 minutes!

1260 days ago
156.

beentheredonethat    

Julia: not sure who you were talking to but to reinforce what you said, my GF had herpes and I dont, I am just safe when it comes to having sex! She told me on our first date so i could bail if I wanted, she is an amazing girl who dated a douch bag that gave it to her, I can't and won't hold that against her. I love her so much I'm going to marry her, so STOP feeling sorry for your self get out there and start dating and be honest with the other person!!!

1260 days ago
157.

Just Sayin'    

I'm guessing Will Smith. Serious rumours surrounding the marriage being a beard for both of them. He is certainly A List celebrity material. Has had both a successful tv and movie career. Only thing that throws me is the mutual filming of the encounter as well as the drug use. I would be surprised to find out he does drugs and is dumb enough to film it.

1259 days ago
158.

herpesfinder    

have herpes? you are not alone. There are millions of people all over the world who are currently living with herpes joined this site herpessinglesmeet

1258 days ago
159.

herpesfinder    

have herpes? you are not alone. There are millions of people all over the world who are currently living with herpes joined this site STDRomance

1258 days ago
160.

baby    

its not a woman filing its a male and the one with herpes is adal lambert

1258 days ago
161.

barbiemacs    

So many dummies on here. Condoms will not protect you from herpes...GEEZ!! Condoms only cover the shaft...herpes are blisters all over the genital area. OMG!!!!

1258 days ago
162.

tina    

don't sleep with sleez balls just because they say they are clean...are you retarded? Where is your responsibility on this? takes 2. Stupid famous douchbags. What else can you make money from you greedy s***s of the earth? Do something with your life will ya...

1258 days ago
163.

Rob    

Herpes! OMG! Not THAT!

1258 days ago
164.

tina    

oh snap....who needs to promote themselves now? who is a loser who needs the attention? someone have a movie or a album coming out soon? I guess negative attention is still attention. As long as you make the money who cares right?

1257 days ago
165.

keebler    

it might be Rihanna and Chris Brown

1255 days ago
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