Nicole Scherzinger has responded to the lawsuit via her lawyer (Picture: Getty Images)
Nicole Scherzinger is ready for a legal battle after slamming the Pussycat Dolls lawsuit filed against her as ‘ludicrous and false’.
Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Anton filed a lawsuit against the Don’t Cha singer claiming she had threatened to walk away from a reunion tour unless she was given ‘a majority share and complete creative control in relaunching the group’.
The pop group split in 2010 after seven years together but announced in 2019 that they would be reuniting for a tour, while also releasing new single React.
In her lawsuit, Antin claimed Scherzinger had agreed to the reunion tour before the Covid pandemic began but is now threatening to walk away from it unless her requests are met.
The 43-year-old singer is accused of ‘now refusing to participate in the tour,’ according to the complaint, after she ‘demanded to renegotiate the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding’.
However, Scherzinger has hit back at the accusations with her lawyer releasing a statement to People about the bitter legal dispute.
Attorney Howard King branded the lawsuit ‘ludicrous and false’, adding that Antin’s claims are a ‘desperate attempt to divert blame for her own failures by trying to impose obligations on Nicole that simply do not exist’.
Robin Antin has claimed Scherzinger is refusing to perform on the reunion tour (Picture: Rex Features)
In the complaint, Antin, 60, also claimed that Scherzinger now wants to be a 75% owner with final decision-making authority. Live Nation is now apparently demanding $600,000 (£434k) that it put up for the tour, as the dates have not been confirmed yet.
King has argued that the onus isn’t on Scherzinger to pay the money back.
The Pussycat Dolls reunited in 2019 but their tour has been delayed during the pandemic (Picture: Getty Images)
‘Robin will fail in her efforts to trade on Nicole’s hard-earned success to pull herself out of a deep financial hole she has created by her own poor business and professional decisions,’ King said.
‘Nicole has invested her own funds in excess of $150,000 (£109k) in support of a potential PCD reunion that has now been made impossible by Robin’s actions (including the public release of the group members’ confidential financial information).’
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The lawyer added: ‘Nicole loves and respects the PCD fans and hopes to one day be back on stage performing the group’s amazing hits for them. Sadly, this will not happen under these circumstances.’
Antin was the founder of the Pussycat Dolls and helped bring the singing and dance troupe to mainstream success after a tip from Jimmy Iovine.
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