In October 2017, a woman named Kaya Jones, who claimed to be a former member, alleged on Twitter that herself and former bandmates were forced into having sex with entertainment executive by their “madam” Robin Antin.
Antin, who Daily Mail describes as the “madam” of the prostitution ring has filed a defamation lawsuit on behalf of the band’s corporate entity against Daily Mall for making the story go viral.
“This defamation action arises out of the intentional, reckless and malicious publication by the Daily Mail Corporation… of false and defamatory statements made by a disgruntled, unreliable and biased person looking for her fifteen minutes of fame, Kaya Jones, when the Defendants knew through their direct prior dealings with Plaintiffs, or should have known, with even the most basic check, that Ms. Jones was unreliable and her story obviously false.”
“Instead, for pure sensationalism, and advertising money, and to grab salacious headlines to sell their product, and without caring what it meant for Plaintiffs, their business, or their reputation, the Defendants published and commented on these defamatory statements with a reckless disregard for the truth,” the suit continues. “These statements included statements that: The Pussycat Dolls was not a legitimate recording group but was instead (1) a ‘prostitution ring,’ (2) that Ms. Antin and The Pussycat Dolls got the members all ‘hooked on drugs,’ (3) that all members were abused in this way, (4) that Ms. Antin ‘mentally and verbally abused’ the members of the group ‘every second of the day,’ (5) that Ms. Antin was the supposed madam of this prostitution ring (referred to by Ms. Jones as the ‘den mother from hell’), and (6) that Ms. Antin was somehow responsible for the death of performer Simone Battle. These statements are false, and the Defendants knew or should have known it.”
The lawsuit, which takes issue with reports it says were published in October 15 and October 17 of last year, says Jones was never an official member of The Pussycat Dolls, but rather served as a backup vocalist who performed on a couple of songs released in 2004.