On Tuesday, January 20th in Washington D.C. there was a story reported regarding the singer Usher, who was in town with his wife Tameka Foster for the Presidential Inauguration. The New York Post newspaper printed a report from a source who claimed that Usher’s bodyguard was nasty to a little girl who asked Usher for an autograph. The story stated that Tameka laughed in the girl’s face and that the bodyguard was “meanly refused” on behalf of Usher. The story stated that after they left, “the little girl was crying.”
Well, it just so happens that I personally know the individual who works with Usher, and I called him and asked about it. He said the story was absolutely a fabrication and that the “source” didn’t get anything right about the situation. He said that Usher, his wife and he himself were all extremely polite and kind to the little girl, telling her “sorry, but this just is not a good time.” They were trying to get to an inauguration event and didn’t want to be late.
The general public doesn’t seem to understand that celebrities really do try to be as accommodating to them as possible, but sometimes they need to be somewhere, and cannot stop to chat or sign autographs. My buddy is a long-time bodyguard; seasoned, professional and possessing an extremely upbeat attitude. I cannot imagine that he would be nasty to a little girl; the absurdity of the story is what prompted me to call him.
Oh, and the individual who witnessed this “story” and no doubt reported it, was a member of the Paparazzi; you know, those people who hound celebrities LOOKING for anything that might be deemed “newsworthy.”