The reunion of Danity Kane is already over.
Aubrey O’Day got punched by Dawn Richard Monday after a recording session, according to TMZ. (Billboard has reached out to Richard, but did not immeadiately receive a response.)
Now, earlier today, O’Day and Shannon Bex released a lenghty open letter, where they announced the group was breaking up. O’Day said, in part, “During a recent group meeting, a business conversation took a turn for the worst when my group member punched me in the back of my head while I was speaking to another associate. To be clear, she was not physically engaged or threatened prior to her attack on me. This is the same information I provided to the police, and witnesses also corroborated this account of the incident. I cannot condone or excuse any form of physical violence, particularly at the hands of someone I considered family. Disagreements happen. But a war of words and ideas should never end in physical aggression.”
In her own note, Bex continued, in part, “As for the actions that have brought us to this broken ending, I cannot speak for anyone or explain their internal struggles that prompted this heartbreaking sequence of events. All I know is what I have seen. I did not witness a shouting match, a cat fight or a brawl. I witnessed a single direct punch.”
The two women then concluded their own separate notes together, writing, “We know it must be devastating for our fans to have spent the last twelve months supporting our every move, and for that we cannot apologize enough. We share your frustration and anger!…We wish, more than anything, that our time, our team’s time, and most importantly your time as fans, was not taken for granted and carelessly disregarded. If this ending was in our control, please understand that we would have done everything in our power to move things forward.”
The group announced they were reuniting in 2013. Fans can read the full statement on Danity Kane’s official website.
Update: Richard told TMZ that the statements are “exaggerated lies and false accusations.”