Dubbed “Ushbucks” by one wag on the social media site, the alleged counterfeit cash apparently came in denominations of $100, $20 and $1, and indeed previously popped up on Usher’s official social media channels — stuffed in a see-through suitcase — on April 3. The digital paper trail appears to begin with a woman going by beel0ove on Instagram, who posted pics of the money she’d allegedly been given by Usher to her private account Monday.
A friend of hers shared it, tagging both the strip club — Sapphire Las Vegas — and gossip site The Shade Room, who later shared it on their own Instagram. From there, the star’s attempt at usher-ing in his own form of currency quickly spread across social media, trending on Twitter by Monday afternoon.
“My GF posted this,” the woman, going by msgoodvibez, wrote. “I’ve never seen this level of f–kery! Exactly why we stay away from celebs most of the time they suck! Cheap ASF.”
“So disrespectful, this is foul!” she added. “Working so hard to get nothing in return!”
However, when reached for comment by Page Six via email, Sapphire’s director of marketing, George M. Wilson, IV told us, “Usher was a true gentleman and a great guest at the club. He and his crew converted thousands of real dollars to tip the girls dancing on the stage,” and “left a generous tip for the staff!”
“Apparently someone in his team left some Usher dollars on the floor to promote his Vegas residency,” Wilson continued. “That is where it seems the confusion came in. But real actual cash was used for tips. We would love to host him again.”
In September, Usher announced a residency in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace beginning in July. Ironically, his most recent post shows him wearing a bucket hat made out of $1 bills.