LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stevie Wonder’s ex-girlfriend has filed a $30 million palimony lawsuit accusing the singer of giving her a sexually transmitted disease.
Angela McAfee says she discovered last year that she had contracted genital herpes from Wonder, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in Superior Court. She also accused Wonder of breaching his promise to provide her with lifetime financial support even if their relationship ended.
Wonder’s attorney, Laura Wasser, said the action is without merit.
“The only breach that has been made is one of Stevie’s trust in someone he had heretofore called a friend,” Wasser said.
The attorney also suggested in a statement that McAfee may have contracted the venereal disease from someone else.
“Since he does not have herpes, one can only wonder where she contracted the disease,” Wasser said.
McAfee’s lawyer, Edi M.O. Faal, declined to discuss the lawsuit.
The action claims Wonder, whose real name is Stevland Morris, sought a relationship with McAfee for more than a decade, persuading her to quit working as a wardrobe consultant in August 1996 and move into his estate.
The couple verbally agreed five years ago that he would be the sole income earner and she would remain at home, the lawsuit said, adding they lived together until February.
During that time, McAfee said, she helped the 51-year-old blind singer with medical and personal problems, including redesigning his home with Braille inscriptions.