Pushing her buttons. Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin responded to former member Kaya Jones’ recent claims that the girl group was a cover-up for a “prostitution ring.” The 56-year-old choreographer slammed Kaya’s allegations in a statement to The Blast on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Robin, who founded PCD in 1995, told the outlet that Kaya’s claims are "disgusting, ridiculous lies," adding that the 33-year-old singer is "clearly looking for her 15 minutes" of fame. Robin also emphasized that Kaya was never an official member of the girl group. She worked with Nicole Scherzinger and the rest of the gals between 2003 and 2005, before their self-titled debut album came out.
The drama all started on Friday, Oct. 13, when Kaya tweeted, "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,bandmates&a 13 million dollar record deal.We knew we were going to #1.”
Kaya also referenced a “den mother from hell” (presumably Robin) and placed blame on her for the death of G.R.L.’s Simone Battles, who committed suicide at age 25 in September 2014. Robin, who founded G.R.L. in 2012, fired back at Kaya for insinuating that she had something to do with Simone’s tragic passing. “[It’s] nasty,” she told The Blast.
The Pussycat Dolls in 2005. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"To be apart of the team you must be a team player," Kaya continued in her Twitter rant on Friday. "Meaning sleep with whoever they say.If you dont 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.”
Kaya’s claims come as the original members of PCD — Nicole, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Kimberly Wyatt, Melody Thornton, and Carmit Bachar — are gearing up for a reunion. Though none of the ladies have publicly announced a new project, a verified Instagram account is up and running with an accompanying website called pcdreunion.com.