There have been many serious revelations in Hollywood recently with regards to producer Harvey Weinstein, after allegations of him sexually abusing people were made public.
A number of stars came forward, which then prompted others to open up about being sexually assaulted – notably, actor Terry Crews said he had suffered from PTSD as the result of an experience with another executive.
A former member of The Pussycat Dolls has now claimed that the band – fronted by Nicole Scherzinger, now a judge on The X Factor – was used as a front for a ‘prostitute ring’, MailOnline reports.
Kaya Jones, who joined the group in 2003 before leaving in 2006, posted a series of Tweets in which she says they were made to sleep with people, and just ‘happened to sing and be famous’.
Jones claims that she tried to talk about this abuse when it began and 10 years later is still trying to get the word out.
In her tweets, she claims that Robin Antin, the founder of Pussycat Dolls, ‘made all the money’ along with their record label, whereas the group ‘were paid $500 (£376) a week’ while being ‘used and abused’.
Antin has refuted Jones’ claims, telling The Blast that the former band member is ‘clearly looking for her 15 minutes’, adding that they’re ‘disgusting, ridiculous lies’.
In an interview at the weekend Jones said she came forward with her claims because of the Las Vegas shooting – she was deeply affected by the attack, having been there just moments before.
In one of her tweets she referenced Simone Battle, a member of G.R.L, another group founded by Antin. Battle passed away in 2014 with her death ruled as suicide, something Jones believes was a result of sexual abuse.
“I want the den mother from hell to confess why another one of her girl group girls committed suicide? Tell the public how you mentally broke us,” she tweeted.
The 33-year-old revealed that for years the press had ignored her story, but hopes now that in 2017 people will finally listen.
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