@Teeza, in addition to your statement, here's my report on Usher's biological paternity for the record.
According to Anthony "Tony" Amerson, a fellow alumni and friend of mine from San Francisco State University (SFSU) where we were both pre-health professions science majors, Tony discovered he is Usher Raymond's biological father from an intimate relationship he had with Usher's mother Jonetta O'Neal in their youth.
Tony Amerson reported to me that he only became aware of his paternity after Usher became an entertainment success as a young man. That's when Amerson noticed the uncanny resemblance, learned who Usher's mother is and put the timeline together.
Tony reports that he and Jonetta's relationship broke off in 1978 while it was unknown to Amerson that O'Neal was pregnant. She moved out of state and did not stay in contact. *** thereafter, Jonetta O'Neal married Usher Raymond, became Jonetta Raymond (ultimately she became Jonetta Patton). And according to Internet sources, Usher was born 14 OCT 1978. Plus, I can vouch for the fact that Tony and Usher look VERY MUCH like father and son.
According to Amerson when we spoke on the matter circa 2009, he has reached out to meet Usher, establish the previously unknown family connection and offered to introduce Usher to his many half-siblings by Tony. But the interest was not mutual. As a result, Amerson states he respects Usher's wishes because his interest is in a positive family relationship with Usher, and Tony does not by any means want him to think the contact is because Usher is wealthy.
Anthony "Tony" Amerson who graduated from SFSU is a hospital administrative professional in the SF Bay Area.
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