Starkeema Greenidge Says She Got Pre-Used Lipstick Sample At MAC Booth

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) —A Harlem woman went to a Rihanna concert earlier this month at Barclays Center  and claims she left with herpes.

Starkeema Greenidge, 28, is suing MAC Cosmetics because she claims to have received the virus via a tube of RiRi Woo lipstick sold at the May 7 show.

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Since Rihanna promotes the lipstick, booths were set up at the show where Greenidge said she was given a pre-used sample of lipstick.

According to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Greenidge stopped into the MAC officially endorsed pop-up shop at the concert to sample the RiRi Woo lipstick. Greenidge claims the sales clerk chose not to use a new tube of lipstick, but instead “one that had been used for other patrons.”

Two days later, Greenidge said she discovered a cold sore on her lip which was later diagnosed by her doctor as oral herpes, according to her lawyers.

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“This is going to happen over and over again if nothing is done,” Greenidge, a waitress, told the Daily News. “I wasn’t able to work for two weeks. It cost me a lot of money.”

Greenidge is suing MAC, claiming mental anguish and emotional distress. She said she hopes to force the company to be more sanitary in the future.

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