Naturi Naughton, a former member of the platinum-selling teen group 3LW, claims in a lawsuit that she was forced out of the R&B trio because she was not "ghetto enough." Naughton, 18, says she was

Naturi Naughton, a former member of the platinum-selling teen group 3LW, claims in a lawsuit that she was forced out of the R&B trio because she was not "ghetto enough." Naughton, 18, says she was ousted from the group, whose hits include "Playas Gon' Play" and "No More," in August.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., the resident of nearby East Orange charged that the "purported" manager of the group, Michelle Williams, said Naughton "did not present the appropriate 'project girl image,'" and berated her as "Ms. Two Parent Household."

The lawsuit was filed Friday. It names group members Kiely Williams, 16, of Annandale, and Adrienne Bailon, 18, of New York. Also sued was Williams, who is Kiely's sister; another sister, Tse Williams, owner of Nine Lives Entertainment of Newark; Big Cat Management of New York; and Sony Music.

Messages seeking comment from a group publicist and Big Cat Management were not immediately returned. No listing could be found for Nine Lives Entertainment. Sony had no immediate comment.

The lawsuit seeks an order terminating Naughton's contract with Nine Lives and Sony and compensation for loss of income from the conduct of the defendants.

Formed in 1999, 3LW -- an acronym for "three little women" -- has sold over 1 million copies of their self-titled debut album, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group's new album, "A Girl Can Mack," is scheduled for release Oct. 22.


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