It doesn’t matter if you were a fan of the Pussycat Dolls or not, in some capacity, the iconic girl band will have impacted your life in the noughties. Even today they are still extremely prominent, with cheesy club nights being dominated by their sensational hits.
The leading ladies controversially inspired a generation with their risqué dance routines and skimpy outfits. However, a former member of the group, Kaya Jones, has now come forward to reveal that there was something much more sinister hiding behind the seductive stage costumes and smash hit songs.
The 33-year-old singer was talent scouted by disgraced rapper R.Kelly at the tender age of 13, before she joined the Pussycat Dolls in 2003. However, she left the band before they released their debut album in 2005 claiming that being a part of the girl group “stopped being fun”. Explaining her decision to leave, Kaya said:
“When everyone is not on the same page it affects the group so that I think was the worst part and I decided to leave. It was not because I wanted to be solo and I didn’t want to be in a group anymore, I left because it stopped being enjoyable.”
Kaya, whose real name is Chrystal Neria, may not have been a part of the band during their success but she claims to have seen the dirty side of the music industry during the two years that she was part of The Pussycat Dolls. In a series of explosive tweets on Saturday and Sunday, Kaya accused managers and executives of taking advantage of the group she joined as a teenager.
“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 $”
“How bad was it? people ask – bad enough that I walked away from my dreams, bandmates & a 13 million dollar record deal. We knew we were going to #1 (sic)”
The group was initially formed in 1995 as a modern burlesque troupe, but it wasn’t until much later that they began to explore a career in the music industry. In 2003, the Pussycat Dolls as we know them today was formed, consisting of several old members of the troupe, such as Ashley Roberts and Kimberley Wyatt, and new additions, Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton and Kaya Jones.
When their debut album, PCD, was released in 2005 they became mainstream stars and one of the top-selling artists of 2006. However, Jones had left the group by this point.
Jones’ claims come in the wake of the developing Harvey Weinstein scandal. However, the singer states that it was actually the Las Vegas concert massacre that inspired her to come forward with her story. Jones’ was present at the concert, but had left the venue to go to a friend’s bar nearby before the shooting began.
Talking to InfoWars.com in a recorded interview, Jones, who claims to be a “NASA girl”, “Political Commentator” and “Platinum Recording Artist” in her Twitter bio, explained the seedy side of stardom:
“Executives, and managers, and agents and other artists that are on the label, if you don’t want to sleep with an executive they’ll pass you to that. Or sometimes they’ll continue to pass the girl, so she’s just passed around.”
To reinforce this message, Jones who proudly refers to herself as a “Former Pussycat Doll” on her Twitter page, tweeted to say:
“To be apart of the team you must be a team player. Meaning sleep with whoever they say. If you dont they have nothing on you to leverage. Yes I said leverage. Meaning after they turn you out or get you hooked on drugs they use it against you. Correct. Victimizing the victim again”
“That’s why I have so much respect for our military. I’ve been through war. But my scars you can’t see. At least real war is honest. Why don’t we report it? Because we are all abused! I personally have been warned if I tell I will … you know end up dead or no more career. (sic)”
Jones, a vocal Trump supporter, also drew attention to the 2014 suicide of Simone Battle, a member of the popular girl group G.R.L., who were founded by Robin Antin who also founded the Pussycat Dolls. “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,” Jones tweeted.
Jones claims that she had tried to tell her story several times in the past, but Hollywood wasn’t interested and journalists simply swept her aside. Now her story is available to all via her Twitter page.
Meanwhile, the other members of the band have remained quiet. Except for a few cryptic tweets from Carmit Bachar who said, “#Friday13th really brought out the crazies…”, and Melody Thornton who typed: “It was a smart move! A Dick move but a smart one.” Meanwhile, Antin called the revelations “nasty”.
Embarrassingly, the claims come at the same time as rumors of a Pussycat Doll reunion fly. This could be awkward.