Ex-Pussycat Dolls member says group was more like a 'prostitution ring'
Kaya Jones attends The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for NARAS)
Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin has slammed former member Kaya Jones ‘ comments comparing her time in the group to being in a prostitution ring as “disgusting, ridiculous lies”.
Kaya, who recorded a few demo tracks with the band before leaving in 2004 to pursue other projects, took to Twitter on Friday to allege members of the girl group were told to sleep with men on demand.
“My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring. Oh & we happened to sing & be famous. While everyone who owned us made the $,” she began her lengthy rant.
“How bad was it? People ask - bad enough that I walked away from my dreams, my bandmates & a 13 million dollar record deal. We knew we were going to be #1.”
Calling out the “den mother” of the group without naming names, she continued: “I want the den mother from hell to confess why another 1 of her girl group girls committed suicide? Tell the public how you mentally broke us...”
In 2004 I told hollywood executives, 2005-2006 I told press. In 2011 I spoke up again. Hope you can hear me now Media in 2017! Way to go👍🏼— KAYA (@KayaJones) October 13, 2017
Robin & the record label made all the money. We as Pussycat Dolls were paid $500 a week. While we were being abused & used. Fact!— KAYA (@KayaJones) October 15, 2017
To anyone thinking I’ve made this up, why would I want to have a target on my back/claim to have been used & abused?Not exactly a good look— KAYA (@KayaJones) October 15, 2017
My truth.I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring.Oh & we happened to sing & be famous. While everyone who owned us made the $— KAYA (@KayaJones) October 13, 2017
Now Robin, who founded the group as a burlesque troupe in 1995 before they made a name for themselves in the music world, has hit out at Kaya’s allegations, telling The Blast that the singer is “clearly looking for her 15 minutes” of fame.
She also slammed Kaya for bringing up the suicide of former G.R.L. member Simone Battle, saying she was “nasty” in doing so.
Sources close to Robin and the band added to the outlet that the group have contacted their legal team to draft a letter to Kaya, warning her to stop “spreading lies and damaging the brand, or face the legal consequences”.
Lead singer Nicole Scherzinger has yet to address Kaya’s comments.