THE Pussycat Dolls have hit back at claims by a former member that the girl group is actually a front for a "prostitution ring."
"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 band said in a statement.
Kaya Jones, who left the band before its 2005 debut, made the explosive claim in a series of tweets last week, saying members were forced to "sleep with whoever they say."
"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 $," Jones tweeted.
"How bad was it? People ask - bad enough that I walked away from my dreams, my band mates & a 13 million dollar record deal. We knew we were going to be #1."
Jones also called out an unnamed "den mother" of the group, writing, "I want the den mother from hell to confess why another 1 of her girl group girls committed suicide? Tell the public how you mentally broke us."
The Buttons group says it was unaware of Jones' "experiences" at the time but will look into them.
"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," the statement reads.
"Should any member or associate allude to any form of abuse or harassment whatsoever, it will be taken very seriously and investigated."
But Jones doesn't appear to be backing off.
"Say sorry. Admit publicly the truth & I might not tell your secrets … & I highly advise you don't test me," she tweeted.
This story originally appeared in the NY Post and is republished here with permission.
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