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News broke last week that former pop sensations and all-girl musical group, the Pussycat Dolls were actually just a front for a prostitution ring. Yes, you read that correctly. Pretty intense stuff, huh? The claims came from former member, Kaya Jones on Twitter.The 33-year-old "Don't Cha" singer fired off a series of heated tweets calling out the vicious cycle of secrecy, abuse, and sexual harassment in the music/entertainment industry, specifically against young women on the rise to fame.
She holds nothing back in the first tweet — whether she meant "prostitution ring" in the conventional sense (sex for money) remains to be seen. If nothing else, it appears that she was alluding to a group of women who were meant to perform certain services (sexual or otherwise), while the "owners" collected the money.
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
She then added a dollar value to what the girls in the group actually made, a shockingly low number compared to their apparent success in the early to mid-2000s. With hits like "Buttons", "When I Grow Up" and "Don't Cha", $500.00 per member hardly seems like suitable compensation.
Robin & the record label made all the money. We as Pussycat Dolls were paid $500 a week. While we were being abused & used. Fact!— KAYA (@KayaJones) October 15, 2017
Sadly, despite having spoken up on numerous occasions about the abuse she, like so many others, was ignored by the very industry she spent her life trying to become apart of. Let this be yet another harrowing example of abuse and sexual harassment in careers commonly perceived as "glamorous" and full of "fame and fortune".
I told press in Hollywood about my abuse & they did nothing. I’m still dealing with Vegas. Talk about back to back. Vegas&Hollywood man 😞— KAYA (@KayaJones) October 13, 2017
According to Page Six founder of the Pussycat Dolls, Robin Anin, was quoted saying — the allegations are “disgusting, ridiculous lies” adding that Jones is, “clearly looking for her 15 minutes.” There are a lot of heated opinions/accusations on either side. In the mean time, it's best to allow women to speak up in the hopes of ending this cycle of abuse in Hollywood and all over the world.
Now, other members of the group have spoken up to deny the claims. Band leader, Nicole Scherzinger strongly stated that "they were not aware of Kaya's experiences" and offered her support. She continued by suggesting,"We cannot stand behind false allegations towards other group members partaking in activities that simply did not take place." Her full statement, as per BBC is pretty adamant against any and all accusations of abuse:
"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 statement continued.
In light of recent statements from the Pussycat Dolls and founder, Anin, Kaya Jones has asked that the media doesn't discount the experiences of victims and that at the end of the day, she doesn't need anyone to believe her — she lived it.
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