Robin Antin is speaking out in defense of the girl group she started in 1995.
On Friday, singer Kaya Jones made shocking claims about the Pussycat Dolls in a series of tweets. “My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring,” she wrote. “Oh and we happened to sing and be famous. While everyone who owned us made the [money]."
The 33-year-old singer added: “How bad was it? People ask-bad enough that I walked away from my dreams, band mates and a $13 million record deal. We knew we were going to no.1.”
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In a statement issued to ET on Monday, Antin claimed of all of Jones' allegations are lies, including that she's calling herself a former member of the Pussycat Dolls and the allegation that members of the group were only paid $500 week.
"Kaya Jones was never a member of the Pussycat Dolls, but simply a Pussycat reject who's looking for her 15 minutes of fame," says Antin. "I am shocked with the allegations Ms. Jones has stated and they are nothing more than disgusting, ridiculous lies."
The 56-year-old dancer-choreographer continues, "Ms. Jones was never an official member of the group, she was one of the many, many girls who auditioned for the Pussycat Dolls over the years."
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Without mentioning Antin by name, Jones did allude in a few tweets that she wasn't on good terms with the girl group founder. "I want the den mother from hell to confess why another one of her girl group girls committed suicide?" she tweeted, apparently referencing the 2014 death of Simone Battles, a former member of G.R.L., which Antin also helped form. "Tell the public how you mentally broke us."
Antin slammed Jones for bringing up Battles in her Twitter rant. "I am especially incensed that Ms. Jones would bring up former GRL member, Simone Battles, suicide. This is not just nasty, but it's unfathomable and disrespectful to everyone who works towards suicide prevention and awareness," reads her statement. "Bringing up Simone's suicide, in such a brazen way, not only scars her family further, but the millions of people who loved and cared for Simone."
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"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," they said in a statement obtained by ET.
"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," it continues.
"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.”
A source close to Antin also tells ET, “She’s [Antin] is completely surprised by and deeply offended by the allegations. Her mission with the Pussycat Dolls for the last two decades has always been to nurture and promoted powerful, confident women."
Over the weekend, Jones addressed those who didn't believe her allegations.
"To anyone thinking I’ve made this up, why would I want to have a target on my back/claim to have been used and abused? Not exactly a good look," the 33-year-old singer tweeted. "To the dolls that stayed and artists I’ve worked with who knew and know the truth, speak up! When the truth is shown, be on the right side of history."
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