Former Pussycat Dolls member Kaya Jones made headlines the other day with her explosive claims that the girl group had been nothing more than a 'prositution ring' and that they had been used and abused by founder Robin Antin.
Jones (who left the group in 2005, before they released their debut album) made the remarks in a series of tweets, which Antin later dismissed as 'disgusting, ridiculous lies'.
Now, Pussycat Dolls have released a joint statement to Entertainment Weekly, denouncing Jones and her claims as 'false', accusing her of undermining 'everything we have worked hard for' and ending with the hope that she 'gets the help she deserves'.
None of their members - including Nicole Scherzinger and Ashley Roberts - have acknowledged Jones's comments on their own Twitter accounts.
Read it in full below:
"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.
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.
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."