The founder of the Pussycat Dolls, Robin Antin, has hit back at accusations that the band were treated like a “prostitution ring” after one-time member Kaya Jones claimed that she and her bandmates had to sleep with men in order to stay in the band.
Kaya caused a stir on Friday night when she took to social media to make the shocking allegations, but now Robin has denied everything – telling The Blast that the claims are “disgusting, ridiculous lies”.
She also accused Kaya of making the allegations up for publicity, saying that the singer is “clearly looking for her 15 minutes”, suggesting that Kaya was never really in the group, she had just been a trial member that did not work out.
Kaya was in the Nicole Scherzinger-fronted band from 2003-2005 and recently said that she had left the group because her experience had become incredibly “dark”.
She tweeted at the time: “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 $.
“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.”
Kaya then seemingly alluded to G.R.L singer Simone Battle’s 2014 suicide, adding: “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. [sic]”
Continuing on social media, 33-year-old Kaya wrote: “To be a part of the team you must be a team player. Meaning sleep with whoever they say. If you don’t they have nothing on you to leverage… Yes I said leverage.
“Meaning after they turn you out or get you hooked on drugs they use it against you. Correct. Victimizing the victim again.”
Speaking in a recorded interview with InfoWars.com, Kaya added: “Executives, and managers, and agents and other artists that are on the label, if you don’t want to sleep with an executive they’ll pass you to that.
“Or sometimes they’ll continue to pass the girl, so she’s just passed around.”
Explaining why she didn’t come forward earlier, Kaya said: “Why don’t we report it? Because we are all abused! I personally have been warned if I tell I will… you know end up dead or no more career.
“Well… killing you or killing your soul what’s the difference. You do it for them.
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
“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!”
The star went on to urge her former bandmates to come forward with their stories, also hitting back at critics who accused her of lying.
Writing last night, Kaya said: “To the dolls that stayed & artists I’ve worked with who knew & know the truth, speak up! When the truth is shown, be on the right side of history.
“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.”
She also appeared to slam Robin Antin’s comments, tweeting: “It’s best to not get defensive & attack when you’re guilty. Sorry your house of cards is done.
“Everyone will soon know the truth… I love how predators enjoy playing the victim. Pathetic.”
Former Pussycat Dolls members have remained largely silent following Kaya’s tweets, although Carmit Bachar tweeted: “#Friday13th really brought out the crazies…” shortly after Kaya first broke her silence.
Melody Thornton also cryptically wrote: “It was a smart move! A d*** move but a smart one”, neither star has confirmed what their tweets are about.
Yahoo Celeb UK have contacted Pussycat Dolls’ frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger’s rep for comment.