Pussycat Dolls on 'prostitution ring' accusation: ‘We cannot stand behind false allegations'

The Pussycat Dolls have responded to a claim that they were a “prostitution ring,” saying that they “cannot stand behind false allegations towards other group members partaking in activities that simply did not take place.”

“The Pussycat Dolls has always and will always stand for female empowerment and sisterhood,” the group said in a statement on Wednesday, according to Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

The statement continued, “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.”

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American pop girl group, The Pussycat Dolls, circa 2003. From left to right they are Kimberly Wyatt, J Sutta, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Carmit Bachar and Melody Thornton. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
American pop girl group, The Pussycat Dolls, circa 2005. From left to right they are Kimberly Wyatt, Melody Thornton, Ashley Roberts, Nicole Scherzinger, J Sutta and Carmit Bachar. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2949 -- Pictured: (l-r) Singers Melody Thornton, Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta, Nicole Scherzinger, and Carmit Bachar of pop group The Pussycat Dolls perform on June 10, 2005 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LISBON, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 03: Pussycat Dolls (L-R) Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Carmit Bachar and Melody Thornton arrive at the 12th annual MTV Europe Music Awards 2005 at the Atlantic Pavilion on November 3, 2005 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images for MTV)
LISBON, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 03: Dancer performers of the Pussycat Dolls (L-R, Kimberley Wyatt, Jessica Sutta, (lead singer) Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Carmit Bachar and Melody Thornton) pose for a portrait in the backstage studio at the 12th annual MTV Europe Music Awards 2005 at the Atlantic Pavilion on November 3, 2005 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by John Rogers/Getty Images for MTV)
LONDON - NOVEMBER 20: Pussycat Dolls (from left to right) Melody Thornton, Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Sutta and Kimberly Wyatt pose in the press room with the award for Best Video for their single 'Don't Cha' at the T4 Poll Winners' Party 2005 With Smash Hits at Wembley Arena Pavilion on November 20, 2005 in London, England. Artists including Girls Aloud, McFly, Rachel Stevens, Sugababes, Lee Ryan, Akon, Pussycat Dolls, Son of Dork, Craig David, KT Tunstall and Rhianna are set to perform at the annual awards ceremony which sees readers of teen mag vote for their favourite (and least favourite) stars. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 4: Pussycat Dolls (L-R) Kimberly Wyatt, Melody Thornton, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts and Jessica Sutta attend the third annual Grammy Style Studio at Ocean Way Studios on February 4, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3148 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musicians Ashley Roberts, Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Sutta, Nicole Scherzinger, Kimberly Wyatt and Carmit Bacher of musical guest Pussycat Dolls perform on May 18, 2006 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 03: The Pussy Cat Dolls (L-R) Carmit Bachar, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts, Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thorton and Kimberly Wyatt open the Harrods Summer sale on July 3, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Ashley Roberts, Kimberly Wyatt, Melody Thornton, Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, and Jessica Sutta of The Pussycat Dolls, winners Best Dance Video for 'Buttons' (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Kimberly Wyatt, Jessica Sutta, Nicole Scherzinger, Karmit Bachar and Melody Thorton from the group 'The Pussycat Dolls' leave the 'Hotel de Sers' on September 22, 2006 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 15: (L to R) Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts, Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Kimberly Wyatt and Melody Thornton of the Pussycat Dolls pose in the press room at Z100's Jingle Ball 2006 at Madison Square Garden December 15, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 15: (U.S. TABS OUT) (L-R) Kimberly Wyatt, Melody Thorton, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Nicole Scherzinger, and Carmit Bachar of The Pussycat Dolls pose for a photo backstage during a taping for the MTV New Years special at the MTV Times Square Studios on December 15, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)
Melody Thornton, Kimberly Wyatt, Ashley Roberts, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Sutta and Carmit Bachar of the Pussycat Dolls, nominees Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for 'Stickwitu' (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Carmit Bachar, Jessica Stutta, Ashley Roberts, Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton and Kimbery Wyatt of The Pussycat Dolls (Photo by Chris Weeks/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - MARCH 13: Nicole Scherzinger (center) and the Pussycat Dolls perform on the runway at the Pussycat Dolls by Robin Antin Fall 2008 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held at Smashbox Studios on March 13, 2008 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Maui and Sons)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 01: MTV MOVIE AWARDS Photo of PUSSYCAT DOLLS and Jessica SUTTA and Kimberly WYATT and Nicole SCHERZINGER and Ashley ROBERTS and Melody THORNTON, Group portrait at the MTV Movie Awards L-R Jessica Sutta, Kimberly Wyatt, Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts and Melody Thornton (Photo by Christina Radish/Redferns)
HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 23: Singers Kimberly Wyatt, Ashley Roberts, Nicole Scherzinger, Melody Thornton and Jessica Sutta of The Pussycat Dolls attend the celebration for the release of their new album 'Doll Domination' held at Virgin Megastore Hollywood on September 23, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 18: Kimberley Wyatt, Melody Thornton, Nicole Scherzinger, Casey Campbell and Carmit Bachar of The Pussycat Dolls arrive at The Vodafone Live Music Awards on September 18, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
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Kaya Jones, a former member of the Pussycat Dolls, came forward with explosive allegations last week, saying that the girl group acted as a “prostitution ring.”

“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, who left the group in 2005, tweeted Friday.

However, Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin strongly denied the allegations, telling The Blast that they were “disgusting, ridiculous lies” told by someone who’s “clearly looking for her 15 minutes.”

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(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Pussycat Dolls Carmen Electra, Founder Robin Antin and Pamela Anderson (Photo by Michael Caulfield/WireImage)
Pussycat Dolls Founder Robin Antin and Christina Aguilera (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Robin Antin of the Pussycat Dolls at the The Standard Downtown LA in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Robin Antin, President of Pussycat Dolls lounges before her performance. (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
Robin Antin of the Pussycat Dolls and McG during MTV Movie Awards 2004 - Backstage and Audience at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Robin Antin of the Pussycat Dolls during 2005 Teen Choice Awards - Arrivals at Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 30: Nicky Hilton (L) and choreographer and Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin arrive for Hilton's 'Chick' By Nicky Hilton Fashion Show at the Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace August 30, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Antin and the Las Vegas Pussycat Dolls performed at the event. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Robin Antin during Pop Icon Gwen Stefani Previews Harajuku Lovers Apparel Line - Arrivals at The Hollywood Museum in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: Choreographer and Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin arrives at the Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace February 14, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Actress Nicollette Sheridan MC'd a performance by the Las Vegas Pussycat Dolls at the club. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 1: Robin Antin attends The 2008 MTV Movie Awards - Arrivals at Universal City on June 1, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Pamela Anderson and Robin Antin during Pussycat Dolls in Concert at Pure in Las Vegas - April 8, 2006 at Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Bruce Gifford/FilmMagic)
Robin Antin during PussyCat Doll Casino Grand Opening and Christina Aguilera's Official Concert After Party - March 3, 2007 at Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Bruce Gifford/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 09: Kim Kardashian and Robin Antin at the 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' premiere party on October 9, 2007 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
AGOURA HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 16: Kourtney Kardashian, Robin Antin and Kim Kardashian pose for a photo at the 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians' viewing party at Chapter 8 Restaurant on October 16, 2007 in Agoura Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 17: Actress Robin Antin attends Mercedes Benz Fashion Week held at Smashbox Studios on October 17, 2007 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Katy Winn/Getty Images for IMG)
CULVER CITY, CA - MARCH 13: Producer/designer Robin Antin walks the runway at the Pussycat Dolls by Robin Antin Fall 2008 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held at Smashbox Studios on March 13, 2008 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images for Maui and Sons)
Choreographer and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin arrives at the 2008 MTV Movie Awards on June 1, 2008 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Founder of the Pussycat Dolls Robin Antin (C) and girl group Girlicious arrive at the 'Creme of the Crop' BET Awards afterparty hosted by Interscope, Geffen and A&M Records held at Mr. Chow's restaurant on June 24, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 14: ***EXCLUSIVE*** TV personality Paris Hilton and dancer Robin Antin during the Apple Lounge grand opening at Apple Lounge on August 14, 2008 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
SEPTEMBER 5: Robin Antin attends CONDE NAST MEDIA GROUP celebrates Fifth Anniversary of FASHION ROCKS red carpet arrivals at Radio City Music Hall on September 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by CHANCE YEH /Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
�2009 RAMEY PHOTO NO SPAIN , NO ITALY, NO MIDDLE EAST, NO RUSSIA Los Angeles, Feb. 24, 2009 KIM KARDASHIAN causes a paparazzi frenzy, when she mets up with THe Pussycat Dolls creator, ROBIN ANTIN at a nail salon in Beverly Hills. PGalr68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 10: Robin Antin (choreographer and founder of The Pussycat Doll's) and the Pussycat Doll's lead singer Nicole Scherzinger visit backstage at 'Chicago' on Broadway at The Ambassador Theater on March 10, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
MALIBU, CA - APRIL 21: TV personality Robin Antin attends the Malibu Lumber Yard grand opening held at the Malibu Lumber Yard on April 21, 2009 in Malibu, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - SEPTEMBER 26: Choreographer and Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin arrives at the 14th annual Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's Grand Slam for Children benefit concert at the Wynn Las Vegas on September 26, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 11: TV personalities Kim Kardashian and Robin Antin pose for a portrait at Hollywood Life's 6th Annual Hollywood Style Awards held at the Armand Hammer Museum on October 11, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Robin Antin arrives at the premiere of Screen Gems' 'Burlesque' at Grauman?s Chinese Theater on November 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
TV personality Robin Antin attends the 8th Annual Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 16, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Robin Antin attends the World's Most Beautiful Magazine launch event at Drai's Hollywood on August 10, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 08: Choreographer and Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin (L) and singer/songwriter Matt Goss appear at P.J. Clarke's during Fashion's Night Out at The Forum Shops at Caesars September 8, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for The Forum Shops)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Choreographer Robin Antin arrives at the Los Angeles Confidential Magazine And Tony Bennett Celebrate The GRAMMYS At Crustacean Beverly Hills Presented By Porteon and Electric Vehicles with Ciroc event at Crustacean on February 9, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage for Los Angeles Confidential)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 24: Singer Lauren Bennett, Bruno Tonioli, and Robin Antin attend the official launch party of BritWeek at a private residence in Hancock Park 2012 on April 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 25: Robin Antin and Meagan Good perform at the Pussycat Dolls Burlesque Saloon at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on May 25, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Choreographer and Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin attends the unveiling of the new Rihanna Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds on November 13, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 26: Choreographer and Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin arrives at Nevada Ballet Theatre's 29th Annual 'Woman Of The Year' Black & White Ball at the Bellagio on January 26, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 28: Dancer and choreographer Robin Antin attends the grand opening celebration of the world's first Nobu Hotel Restaurant and Lounge Caesars Palace on April 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Nobu Hotel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: iHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS -- Pictured: Choreographer Robin Antin poses in the press room at the iHeartRadio Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014. (Photo by Michael Buckner/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Dancer Robin Antin arrives at Maxim Hot 100 at Pacific Design Center on June 10, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Robin Antin attends the 3rd annual Noble Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 03: Dancer Robin Antin attends Global Gift Foundation USA's Global Gift Gala at Loews Hollywood Hotel on June 3, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 14: Robin Antin attends the House of CB Flagship store launch on May 14, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
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The group, led by Nicole Scherzinger, also addressed Jones’ claims in the statement:

“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,” said the Pussycat Dolls. “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.”

Read the group’s statement below. TheWrap has reached out for comment.

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.

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