The Pussycat Dolls in bitter legal war after Nicole Scherzinger demanded 75% of their earnings – and quit comeback tour
DOGGED by tales of hatred and jealousy between members, woman group The Pussycat Dolls had been synonymous with bitching and back-stabbing all through their heyday.
Now, two years on from their shock reunion, relations have descended into such a large number — once more — the ultimate nail is in the coffin of the horny pop band.
Frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger, 43, introduced in November 2019 that she was reuniting with Ashley Roberts, 39, Jessica Sutta, 39, Kimberly Wyatt, 39, and Carmit Bachar, 47, for a tour throughout the UK and Australia, 9 years after they break up.
They additionally launched single React, which turned their first Top 40 hit in 11 years.
But Nicole has now mentioned the tour is “impossible” after an enormous fall-out with the band’s founder, Robin Antin, 60, who’s suing the singer for “extortion”.
She alleges that Nicole is refusing to participate in the reunion except she will get a bigger share in the group’s newest enterprise enterprise, PCD Worldwide.
The firm was supposed to handle the band’s model into the longer term and might have included the launch of their personal dance studio and a “next generation” spin-off model of the Dolls that includes new singers.
Robin claims Nicole is demanding her 49 per cent holding in the agency is elevated to 75 per cent, giving her inventive management of the group and “final decision-making authority”.
‘LUDICROUS AND FALSE’
According to the lawsuit filed by Robin, Nicole mentioned the “growth of her personal brand” and the “opportunities she would have to forego to engage in the partnership” was why she deserved an elevated share.
However, in a fiery retaliation yesterday, former X Factor choose Nicole issued a press release by way of her lawyer, Howard King, in which she branded Robin’s claims as “ludicrous and false”.
The assertion continued that the accusations, “Are a desperate attempt to divert blame for her [Robin’s] own failures by trying to impose obligations on Nicole that simply do not exist”.
The Sun can reveal that on the centre of the row is a fee of $600,000 (£435,000), paid by live performance promoter Live Nation to Robin.
The cash is believed to have initially been handed to her to reunite the women on stage for a collection of live shows in Las Vegas — though it has been alleged that the group had not recognized about this deal earlier than Robin agreed to it.
Those gigs by no means befell although the women ultimately agreed to a tour as a substitute.
But with the tour not taking place, Robin should return the £435,000.
She is taking Nicole to court docket for the money, blaming her for the collapse of the deal.
Nicole says she was unaware of the fee when Robin first accepted it.
The singer’s lawyer mentioned: “Robin will fail in her efforts to commerce on Nicole’s hard-earned success to drag herself out of a deep monetary gap she has created by her personal poor enterprise and skilled choices.
“Prior to Nicole’s involvement, buying and selling on Nicole’s title with out her consent, Robin borrowed (and spent) $600,000 from Live Nation that she gained’t or can’t repay.
“Nicole has invested her personal funds in extra of $150,000 in assist of a possible Pussycat Dolls reunion that has now been made unattainable by Robin’s actions (together with the general public launch of the group members’ confidential monetary info).
“Nicole loves and respects the Pussycat Dolls followers and hopes to in the future be again on stage performing the group’s superb hits for them.
“Sadly, this will not happen under these circumstances.”
The different Dolls singers have up to now stayed silent on the matter, though they’re believed to be upset concerning the fallout following a whole lot of hours of preparation and build-up to the reunion and tour.
When the band introduced their return, they did performances on The X Factor and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway to advertise the tour, which was as a consequence of kick off in May 2020.
That was then delayed to the autumn as a result of of the pandemic and then once more to May 2021, failing to happen for a 3rd time because of the persevering with restrictions.
But the gigs now seem doomed. Paying clients are anticipated to obtain a refund as a result of of the stalemate between Nicole and Robin, who owns the rights to the group.
It additionally means deliberate new music, which Nicole frolicked engaged on final 12 months, won’t be launched by the group.
The singer, who’s courting former Scotland rugby participant Thom Evans, 36, had been as a consequence of financial institution the largest quantity from the reunion.
Legal paperwork present she stood to take a 32.5 per cent share of the online earnings from the tour.
Founder Robin, together with Dolls Ashley, Jessica and Kimberly, would every have acquired 12.5 per cent of the takings.
Final member Carmit, who returned regardless of quitting the group in 2008, earlier than their second album, was in line to financial institution 5 per cent.
Robin based the Pussycat Dolls as a burlesque troupe in 1995.
They developed right into a pop group nearly a decade later. They burst into the charts in 2005, with debut single Don’t Cha going straight to No1. It stayed for 3 weeks.
They have since scored eight Top Ten hits, offered greater than 55million data worldwide and collaborated with the likes of Will.i.am, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and Missy Elliott.
Their success additionally helped launch Nicole’s solo profession, which has seen her have a string of hit singles, star in the musical Cats on the West End, financial institution hundreds of thousands as a choose on exhibits together with The X Factor and The Masked Singer USA and voice a personality in 2016 Disney film Moana.
Since their break up, different members of the band have advised concerning the troublesome situations they had been made to work beneath.
‘I SPENT TIME WITH A THERAPIST’
In a brand new interview, Kimberly says that other than Nicole, the Dolls had been made to really feel “replaceable” by Robin and label boss Jimmy Iovine, that means they had been always struggling for their place in the group.
She says: “Pussycat Dolls was by no means meant to be, for us as people, a for ever gig.
“We had been at all times advised we had been all just about replaceable, apart from Nicole. Nicole knew she was strong, she was all proper, she was secure. The relaxation of us, not a lot. I used to be preventing for that gig the whole time I used to be in it. It’s not a really optimistic surroundings to work in.
“But it’s half of the deal, it’s what we signed up for and they needed it to be a model that may persistently generate income.
“So doing these hours upon hours of dancing for movies and getting the bruises and giving it your all, then you definately get the edit again and perhaps you’re in it for 5 or ten seconds as a result of, finally, they needed it to maintain going and the extra they put the deal with Nicole, the extra replaceable they may make us.
“Then they could just take the brand for ever and ever and keep rolling them out. It didn’t end up happening that way, but that’s what we knew we were in for.”
Melody Thornton, a member of the group till they break up in 2009, clashed with Nicole over the lead vocals and determined to not return for the reunion.
She beforehand mentioned being half of the Dolls was so powerful that she wanted remedy.
We had been at all times advised we had been all just about replaceable, apart from Nicole.
Melody added: “I used to be launched through this actually large car, the Pussycat Dolls. No one knew it was going to be as profitable because it was.
“Just no anonymity. You variety of lose monitor of your self a little bit bit. Yeah, I frolicked with a therapist and it’s been actually good.
“They mentioned, ‘We’re going to have Nicole do all of the recording, you’re going to need to study and dance with the remainder of these women.
“For me, it really affected my confidence because I wasn’t using my best asset, and people were getting to know me for something that I didn’t do.”
After greater than twenty years of fame and fall-outs, it appears the Dolls have lastly reached their finish.