R&B singer Usher is being criticized on Twitter for allegedly using counterfeit money with his own name and face in a strip club.
The story began with a woman passing by beel0ove on Instagram, who posted pictures of the money to her private account on Monday.
A friend of hers then shared it, tagging both the strip club – Sapphire Las Vegas – and gossip site The Shade Room, who then posted it on their own Instagram. From there, the star’s purported attempt to introduce his own form of currency quickly spread to social media, trending on Twitter Monday afternoon.
However, contacted for comment via Page Six via email, Sapphire Marketing Director George M. Wilson, IV told us: “Usher was a true gentleman and a great guest at the club.
“He and his team converted thousands of real dollars to tip the girls dancing on stage” and “left a generous tip for the staff!”
“Apparently someone on his team left Usher dollars on the floor to promote his Vegas residence,” Wilson continued. “This is where it looks like the confusion has come about. But real money was used for tips. We would love to welcome him again.
Usher, 42, announced residency in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace – which will start in July – in September. Ironically, his most recent post shows him wearing a bucket hat made of $ 1 bills.
The singer has yet to publicly weigh in on the burgeoning scandal. His representative was not available for comment.