A stripper in Las Vegas claimed that after dancing for Usher, the singer tipped her in fake “Usher bucks” — she even provided photos showing the alleged fake money. As a result, the 42-year-old’s name was trending on Twitter all day on April 12, and fans laid into him with memes about the stunt. However, TMZ is now reporting that some of the fake $1, $20, and $100 bills with Usher’s face on them were only left on stage as a “joke”. The news outlet further claims a source with close ties to Vegas’ Sapphire Strip Club told them that the singer and his entourage spent “thousands” of real dollars on dancers and bottle service. HollywoodLife reached out to both the establishment and Usher’s rep for our own comments, but we have yet to receive any responses. We also haven’t been able to independently confirm Usher’s visit to the strip club.
The online firestorm first started when one dancer, who goes by @beel0ove on Instagram, posted photos the fake Usher bucks — which the singer himself has been seen posing with on his own Instagram page — to her IG stories and asked, “Ladies what would you do if you danced all night for usher and he threw this?? She also wrote “& the money does not have a trade in value what so ever. LMAO, don’t y’all think he should be blasted on social media for this sh*t?” She got her wish, as Usher was flamed on Twitter throughout the day.