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Strip club says Usher did not use fake money to tip dancers in Las Vegas

Asha C. Gilbert, USA TODAY
·2 min read

Usher became a trending topic on Twitter Monday after a woman's post went viral alleging the singer tipped with fake money at a strip club in Las Vegas.

Contrary to the claims circulating on social media, the "Love in this Club" singer did not tip dancers fake money at the Sapphire Las Vegas Gentlemen's Club. According to Sapphire director of marketing Greg Wilson, the confusion started when someone from Usher's team left fake money with the singer's face on it at the club to promote his upcoming Vegas residency.

"Usher was a true gentleman and a great guest at the club," Wilson said in a statement to USA TODAY. "He and his crew converted thousands of real dollars to tip the girls dancing on the stage."

Wilson said the 42-year-old artist "left a generous tip for the staff."

USA TODAY reached out to Usher's rep for comment.

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The social media brouhaha began when Instagram user @beel0ove posted a photo of the fake money with Usher's face on it on her private page.

"Posted this on my private page and @theshaderoom got ahold of it, so i had to post on my public account," she captioned the screenshot of her Instagram Story.

"The money does not have a trade in value what so ever!" the user wrote. "LMAO don't y'all think he should be blasted on social media for this (expletive)."

In another Instagram Story, @beel0ove asked her followers, "Ladies what would you do if you danced all night for usher and he threw this??"

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After the posts went viral, some social media users dubbed the fake money "ushbucks" or Usher bucks.

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In September, Usher announced his Las Vegas residency would begin at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace July 16, 2021.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Usher did not use fake money to tip dancers in Las Vegas, says club