It’s been a pretty odd week in the world of The Pussycat Dolls. Buzz had been building for months that the Nicole Scherzinger-fronted girl group that broke up in 2010 might be on the verge or reuniting. Then, former member Kaya Jones claimed in a series of tweets last week that “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 $.” Jones went on to add that to be part of “the team you must be a team player. Meaning sleep with whoever they say.”
Those explosive allegations — which also included claims about unnamed people getting unidentified Dolls members hooked on drugs — were fervently denied by Dolls founder Robin Antin. She vociferously pushed back at the claims on Monday (Oct. 16), calling them “disgusting, ridiculous lies,” noting that Jones was never an official member and only performed with them before their 2005 debut dropped.
In a statement released on Wednesday (Oct. 18), the Dolls also refuted Jones’ claims, writing:
The Pussycat Dolls has always and will always stand for female empowerment and sisterhood. We stand in solidarity with all women who have bravely spoken publicly of their horrific experiences of abuse, harassment and exploitation. However, we cannot stand behind false allegations towards other group members partaking in activities that simply did not take place.
To liken our professional roles in The Pussycat Dolls to a prostitution ring not only undermines everything we worked hard to achieve for all those years but also takes the spotlight off the millions of victims who are speaking up and being heard loud and clear around the world. While we were not aware of Kaya’s experiences that allegedly took place during her short time working with us, before the group signed a recording contract, we can firmly testify that we were not privy to any misconduct taking place around us. If Kaya experienced something we are unaware of then we fully encourage her to get the help she needs and are here to support her.
Since its inception, The Pussycat Dolls and founder Robin Antin have supported and empowered women from all walks of life to flourish in their careers. Should any member or associate allude to any form of abuse or harassment whatsoever, it will be taken very seriously and investigated.
We truly wish Kaya the best and hope she gets the help she deserves.