The former singer of the Pussycat Dolls girl group, Kaya Jones, took to Twitter on Friday with scathing allegations of sexual abuse.
“My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “Oh and we happened to sing and be famous, while everyone who owned us made the money.”
Jones was a member of the Pussycat Dolls from 2003 to 2005. In her messages, she says she was forced to sleep with anyone her handlers ordered her to.
“To be apart of the team you must be a team player,” Jones wrote. “Meaning sleep with whoever they say.”
If the girls refused, the people who she did not name used various ways to coerce them, including turning them out or hooking them on drugs.
“How bad was it?” Kaya asked. “Bad enough that I walked away from my dreams, bandmates and a 13 million dollar record deal. We knew we were going to #1.”
Kaya also said that she told Hollywood executives about the problem in 2004. She then went to the press in 2005-2006, and again in 2011, but her story was never told.
Jones, now 33, was discovered by R. Kelly when she was 13 and signed on to his record label. In 2002, police searched R. Kelly’s home and found images of him “involved in sexual conduct with” a “female minor”. That year Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography, but the case was dropped because police could not prove sufficient probable cause for the search warrants.
Jones was signed by Capitol Records when she was 16 and became a member of the Pussycat Dolls in 2013. She believes many victims of sexual abuse have not come forward because they have been threatened.
“Why don’t we report it?” Kaya asked. “Because we are all abused! I personally have been warned if I tell I will … you know end up dead or no more career”
Kaya also referred to an ominous “den mother,” who she said was responsible for the suicide of a girl in another band, which the unnamed woman was in charge of. A member of the G.R.L. girl band took her own life in 2014. The Pussycat Dolls and G.R.L. were both founded by Robin Antin, according to Perez Hilton.
“I want the den mother from hell to confess why another one of her girl group girls committed suicide?” Kaya asked. “Tell the public how you mentally broke us.”
Kaya indicated that she has kept a diary of the events she witnessed during the years of abuse.
“Oh yes I kept a journal with timelines,” she wrote.
Jones was born in Toronto and lives in Los Angeles. She was at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 when a gunman carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
But she refers to her past in the music industry as a silent warzone.
“That’s why I have so much respect for our military. I’ve been through war,” Jones wrote. “But my scars you can’t see. At least real war is honest.”
In her messages she is calling out her abusers, saying that many of the children they scarred have now become adults.
“The children you messed with that survived the abuse, we are adults now,” she writes. “Are you ready old ones to fight? Cause you all are looking mighty old.”
Based on Jones’s messages, it appears she is not the only survivor who made it out and is ready to speak.
“Tried to silence us, made us stronger,” Jones writes. “Tried to drug us, but we were wide awake. Tried to blacklist us, but fans followed. We aren’t kids anymore”
Jones, who is now a solo artist, said that she made her past abuse public because she wants to protect other women.
“Because I’ll be damned if I’ll sit back & watch them take advantage of the public & other young women again,” she writes. “No reunion on my watch.”
Note: some Twitter quotes were altered cosmetically to improve readability, though no words or meaning were changed.