- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Pussycat Dolls is denying claims by former member Kaya Jones that the all-girl musical act operated like a “prostitution ring” and victimized young women.

In a series of recent tweets, Ms. Jones, an outspoken conservative and President Trump supporter, joined the chorus of women who have come forward alleging rampant sexual harassment and misconduct in the entertainment industry.

“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 $,” the 33-year-old pop singer wrote. “How bad was it?people ask-bad enough that I walked away from my dreams,bandmates&a 13 million dollar record deal.We knew we were going to#1.”

“To be apart of the team you must be a team player.Meaning sleep with whoever they say.If you dont they have nothing on you to leverage,” she continued. “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.”

Ms. Jones said she’s spoken up about the alleged abuse for years and that “everyone knew,” but no one “cared to listen.”

“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! Way to go,” she wrote.

She also called Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin “the den mother from hell” and criticized her for keeping silent when “another one of her girl group girls committed suicide.”

Fox News reported that Ms. Jones was possibly referring to G.R.L. singer Simone Battle, who committed suicide in 2014 at age 25.

Ms. Antin fired back in an interview Monday, saying Ms. Jones was never a permanent member of the group and that she was just “looking for her 15 minutes” of fame by spreading “disgusting, ridiculous lies.”

Ms. Jones responded Wednesday on Twitter, writing, “Doing this to gain 15 mins says the abuser. I went platinum this year. Did you? No. 10 years dated group but your helping my career hahaha.”

The Pussycat Dolls, which broke up in 2010 but announced this month an upcoming reunion, called Ms. Jones‘ allegations “false” and said the activities described in her tweets “did not take place” in the group.

“The Pussycat Dolls has always and will always stand for female empowerment and sisterhood,” the group said in a statement to Fox News. “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.”

The group said it was never made aware of Ms. Jones‘ alleged experiences.

“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,” the statement said. “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.”

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