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Celeb Settles 'Herpes Lawsuit' for Millions

6/20/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The A-list celebrity "of substantial fame internationally" who allegedly gave a Las Vegas visitor herpes has settled the case for just over $5 million ... sources connected with the case tell TMZ.


We broke the story ... the plaintiff in the case claims the celeb -- a male who is referred to as John Doe in the lawsuit -- allegedly lured him/her to a hotel room and gave assurance he was STD free. 

The plaintiff claims what followed was "mutual oral copulation, mutual self-gratification, rubbing and massaging each other, play-wrestling, licking and [unprotected] intercourse."

The plaintiff claims the entire affair was videotaped.

According to the suit, the celeb knew all along he had herpes, and transmitted it to the plaintiff.

We're told Keith Davidson, the lawyer for the plaintiff, has been negotiating with the defendant even before the suit was filed last month. The case settled last week.

So we'll never know the identity of the A-list herpes celeb. 

Hollywood beware.


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Hang on: so you guys can't cross reference your files with 1) who was in vegas on this date.....2) known list of hollywood celebs with herpes? It's a no-brainer.

1222 days ago


Looks like Gene.

1222 days ago


This is disgusting. the fact it says international A-list is even worse. But it just goes to show you how warped showbiz can be sometimes behind closed locked doors. The A-Lister has to be so famous they might have a movie or something big coming out and this story would ruin their career. If it was a has-been celeb, then that star should be the spokesperson for herpes and that would change the game completely in showbiz, just imagine the impact that would have. Only thing is that instead of that kind of outbreak impact of a celeb confession & advocacy, there's just now an outbreak of this celeb paying every guy or girl off every time this star gives someone herpes.

In the rough economic crisis right now where people are getting fired, evicted or homeless, they want those celeb diseases & viruses so they can live off health bills for the rest of their life. The sick & sad truth about showbiz is that celebs are looking at this story and glad it wasn't their herpes,viruses or secret scandal behavior that wasn't caught.

1222 days ago


$5 mill for herpes ! totally worth it. !!!

1222 days ago


If it was two guys, there aren't that many A list gay celebs worth $100 MILLION (That's a ****load for a celeb)

So far :

-Elton John
-George Micheal
-Ricky Martin (If he somehow got richer)

1222 days ago


I suspect it was Charlie Sheen and another porno whore.

TMZ, it should be "negotiating with the defendant", not plaintiff.

1222 days ago


The original filing says he is worth $100 million. My hunch is on Charlie Sheen as this is a filing about 2 guys - Charlie Sheen seems to go over board on women 24 7 (and way over compensates and the one thing they say about over compensating...) and my hunch is since he actually is marketing himself as a straight man - somehow I think with all that he is packaging himself as - even with his crazy universe he lives in - would be threatened by his being shown to be "bi". The drugs and filming reference is a dead give away as well. And plus someone else posted that Heidi Fleiss had indicated he enjoyed transsexual prostitutes as well. What do you think? Just my theory...

1222 days ago


Come on, TMZ! Is there seriously a celeb case you couldn't crack? There has got to be a way for you to find out who the celeb is, unless you know and are just keeping it hush-hush because of the sensitive nature of the case... You know who it is, don't you? I know you do. Are you protecting their career or your own ass? :)

1222 days ago


Last thing - the original filing refers to Does 1 through 30 - I am assuming these are his ex wives and ex partners (a la Bree Olsen)
Again just a theory...

1222 days ago


Derek Jeter has given the herp to lots of people, so statistically speaking he's a high probability

1222 days ago


It is not a filing about two guys. The "him" that you are referring to is likely a typo. The do***ents also states "defendants" several times. On the very last page, which has the date typed, it says "her claims" when referring to the plaintiff.

1222 days ago


Jimmy 57 minutes ago Oh "me" ... commenting up there, coming to the defense of a total liar and sleazeball. It's really pretty simple. She asked and he lied. You don't get to lie about having a permanent, communicable disease. Ever.

You're the one with NO conscience. Defending the right of someone to lie... tell me, when's the last time you demanded the full gamut of STD testing before you had sex with someone? And then about about this - it takes time for results. What if they messed around with someone else in the meantime? Those results don't mean much, then, do they then? Things can change in the blink of an eye. And don't assume you're safe because you're married - your spouse could have cheated. Your relationships are not foolproof, contrary to what you may think. And condoms don't work 100% against herpes - or HPV, for that matter.

Condoms are your best chance of protection if you're not going to be abstinent. You are talking about life or death when you sleep with someone especially someone you don't know anything about. He could of had AIDS for all she knew. If she/he is going to simply take someones word for whether or not they are clean she/he needs to take some responsibility in the outcome.

Keep the attitude you have and you will get a STD if you don't already have one.

1222 days ago


Harvey, how long are you going to make us wait to reveal the celeb??

1222 days ago


watch it be leo DiCaprio lmao..

1222 days ago


It clearly was Prince. The dude was big in the 80s which was filled with herpes and swings both ways. What more evidence do you need?

1222 days ago
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