A U.S. District Court judge has rejected DJ Spinderella’s requests for immediate relief against former bandmates Salt-N-Pepa over alleged unpaid royalties, a spokesperson for the duo revealed Friday (Aug. 2). The judge has instead ordered the case to mediation.
“We are grateful for the judge’s ruling as Salt-N-Pepa have been extremely generous to Spin over many decades and attempted to settle what amounts to a divorce, both peacefully and without rancor,” a statement on behalf of the duo reads. “Unfortunately, Spin and her legal team adopted a scorched earth approach that brought unnecessary attention to a business dispute that all along could have, and should have, been settled amicably and privately.”
Spinderella (aka Deidra Roper) filed suit against Salt-N-Pepa (aka Cheryl James and Sandra Denton) last month (as first reported by TMZ), claiming they’ve failed to pay her hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties beginning with the group’s 1999 Best Of set. Roper alleges she was cut out of more than $600,000 in royalties over the last decade, in addition to receiving less than what she was owed for The Salt-N-Pepa Show, a VH1 reality series on which she made occasional guest appearances. Additionally, she claims to have gone uncompensated for the group’s performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.