The Pussycat Dolls Deny "Prostitution Ring" Claims

"The Pussycat Dolls has always and will always stand for female empowerment and sisterhood"
The Pussycat Dolls Deny "Prostitution Ring" Claims
Earlier this week, ex-Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones spoke out against the burlesque-troupe-turned-pop-ensemble, claiming it was a "prostitution ring," among other allegations. Now, the group have responded to Jones' claims.

In a statement provided to Entertainment Weekly, the group said they have "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."

The statement continued, "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."

Jones had left the group in 2005.

The statement also backed group founder Robin Antin, of whom Jones was critical of in her series of tweets. Calling her "the den mother from hell," she claimed that Antin "mentally broke us."

"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," the statement read. "Should any member or associate allude to any form of abuse or harassment whatsoever, it will be taken very seriously and investigated."

Read the group's complete statement below.

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.