No, Usher did not pay strippers with fake money

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The internet had Usher's head on a stake when an exotic dancer took to Instagram claiming the R&B singer was throwing counterfeit funds, instead of real bands at Sapphire Las Vegas recently.

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The dancer by the handle @beel0ove posed the question, "Ladies what would you do if you danced all night for Usher and he threw this?" The question was accompanied by a photo of the Ush-bucks in $100, $20 and $1 denominations. She followed up to say, "the money does not have a trade-in value whatsoever." Since the start of the pandemic, many dancers have had to find alternate ways to generate income and immediately rallied together over this outrageous situation. Many pointed out a photo on Usher's Instagram of the singer carrying a clear suitcase, full of the Ush-bucks.

However, George M. Wilson IV, the director of marketing for Sapphire Las Vegas, told Rolling Stone that the money was simply used to promote Usher's Las Vegas residency. Wilson made sure to state that "real actual cash was used for tips," and also mentioned that the "I Don't Mind" crooner was "a true gentleman and a great guest at the club." Ush-bucks may be temporary, but memes are forever.

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