Los Angeles secretary Michelle Carter has sued Robin Williams for $6 million, alleging that the comedian gave her herpes during a yearlong relationship. The suit, transferred Tuesday from a Modesto court to San Francisco Superior Court, charges Williams with negligence, negligent infliction of mental suffering and fraud, because, the suit alleges, he failed to tell Carter that he had herpes. Williams, through his attorney, has denied he has herpes. According to the suit, Carter discovered that she had the sexually transmitted disease on Nov. 20, 1985, more than a year after Williams--who was still legally married--began dating her. On that day, the suit alleged, Williams told her he had been infected since high school. The suit contended that Williams should have known it was "most likely" that Carter would be infected. Carter's attorney said the suit was filed in Modesto in 1986 to keep publicity at a minimum while a settlement was negotiated. It was moved to San Francisco when negotiations broke down this year. Neither the comedian nor his staff had an immediate comment on the suit.
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