Former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones alleged that the group was a "prostitution ring" in a series of tweets this week – she also said that everyone who "owned" them made money off of their talent.
"How bad was it? People ask—bad enough that I walked away from my dreams, my bandmates & a 13 million dollar record deal," she wrote.
Jones joined the group in 2003 but left just two years later in 2005, saying that it “stopped being fun” in a 2012 interview with Yahoo.
The Pussycat Dolls were founded by choreographer Robin Antin in the mid-90s and began as a burlesque troupe, they evolved into a singing and dancing girl group in 2003 – members of the group rotated, but lead vocalist Nicole Scherzinger was a mainstay.
Jones also called out a “den mother,” who remained nameless, asking that she explain the suicide of a member of an also unnamed group – though Jones kept details to a minimum, Simone Battle, also a member of the Dolls and a second girl group created by Antin called G.R.L., took her own life in 2014.
Jones continued, writing, "To be a part of the team you must be a team player. Meaning sleep with whoever they say. If you don't 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.”