Source: NY Daily News - Lloyd Grove
Photog and Usher didn't click
Next time Atlanta entertainment lawyer Charles Mathis throws a party at his home, he'll probably want to keep Usher and Sandra Rose on opposite sides of the room.Yesterday, celebrity photographer Rose — who's been snapping the 27-year-old Usher since he was a 15-year-old unknown — claimed the R&B crooner repeatedly dropped the F-bomb and stuck his finger out at her nose when she raised her camera to take his picture at Mathis' party.
The bash was in honor of producer Jermaine Dupri's first Grammy (for Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together").
The star was apparently angry at Rose, who has a Web site, sandrarose.com, for posting photos of him and his married stylist, Tameka Foster, cavorting in St. Bart's.
"Usher pushed my camera away as he walked by," Rose wrote on her site. "There were no words exchanged between us and I thought that was the end of it. But he took me by surprise when he doubled back and thrust his finger in my face — his long manicured nail lightly grazing the tip of my nose. 'Don't you dare!' he cried as 20 or so guests looked on in stunned silence. Don't I dare what? I thought, as he glared at me with nostrils flaring. I totally ignored him as he proceeded to scream obscenities in my face ... It was clear that Ush was attempting to draw me into a confrontation with him."
Yesterday, Usher's rep responded: "This story is exaggerated. Usher simply asked the photographer not to take his photo. However, she made several attempts to bypass his security to snap his photo against his will. He never put his fingers in her face and was not in close contact with the photographer."
Rose retorted: "He definitely has issues with women."