A California jury has awarded nearly $7 million to a 56-year-old woman who was unknowingly infected with herpes by a 77-year-old man.
The lawsuit alleged that Thomas Redmond knew he had genital herpes for more than 25 years but did not disclose it before his sexual relationship began with Patricia Behr and did not use a condom.
The lawsuit claimed that Behr suffered unnecessary stress and humiliation as a result of the defendant’s conduct, which it called “outrageous and beyond the bounds of decency.”
The defendant’s lawyer, said his client will seek to have the verdict overturned. He said Behr failed to prove it was Redmond who infected her with herpes, and that she had sex with him knowing that he had herpes.
Behr was awarded $4 million in compensatory damages and $2.75 million in punitive damages as a result of the lawsuit filed in Riverside County Superior Court.
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