Kaya Jones, the Defiant ex-Pussycat Doll who called the pop group a ‘prostitution ring,’ has detailed the sex abuse she said she went through while she was still a member of the band.
Jones, who left the Dolls after three years in 2005, told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview she and other members of the scantily clad all-girl group were regularly abused by music industry executives.
It wasn’t sex for money per se, but sexual favors were expected of the Dolls.
And she says she is convinced more members of the band and its sister acts will come forward to back her explosive claims.
‘As just one example, a record executive asked me to get into his car and I accepted. We were in Las Vegas and we were all racing to get to the airport to take us back to LA after the show,’ Jones said..
‘It was just a 10-minute ride. I remember getting in the back seat of the limo with him and within seconds he jumped on me. I literally had to fight him off all the way to the airport.’
Jones (circled) is pictured with Nicola Scherzinger and the rest of the Pussycat Dolls at an MTV Asia awards ceremony in 2004
Jones, pictured in 2015, quit the Pussycat Dolls in 2006 and now says the toxic sexual demands were her reason for leaving
The members of the Pussycat Dolls are seen in 2007, after Jones quit the group
The 33-year-old said she was just 19 or 20 at the time, and that the executive was in his 50’s.
‘Like most of the girls in the band, I didn’t drive,’ she added.
‘I would regularly have a car service take me to an event.
‘I have lost count of the number of times my car didn’t turn up at the end to take me home. “Oh, so-and-so will give you a ride home,” I was always told.
‘If I accepted, the same thing would happen again. How many times does a girl hoping to make it big have to push an older man off her?’
Jones left the band before it made its debut album. She says a little girl aged around four made her see the light.
‘We were in Vegas and she was with her mother and her older sister and she looked at me and said with awe: ‘You’re a Pussycat Doll.’ She had me with those words. It was like I was Wonder Woman in her eyes.
‘I stopped and thought to myself: ‘What are you doing? This girl wants to be me. If she succeeds she will have to cope with sexual predators and verbal and mental abuse, she’ll suffer from eating disorders, she’ll consider suicide.
‘I just thought I can’t do it anymore. And I have absolutely no regrets at turning my back on the Pussycat Dolls.’
Ironically Kaya was discovered as a 13-year-old by singer-producer R. Kelly, whose career has been blighted by accusations of sexual abuse. ‘I don’t know about anyone else, but he never tried to touch me,’ she said.
But plenty of others have, she insisted.
Jones said she is speaking out now after appearing among the talent at the Route 91 Harvest Music festival in Vegas when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire killing 58 people.
‘I wouldn’t have come out with this now if it wasn’t for the fact I could have lost my life in Vegas two weeks ago,’ she said, adding that she didn’t want to take her secret to her grave.
Then she has watched the firestorm erupt over allegations that movie superproducer Harvey Weinstein assaulted dozens of wannabe actresses.
She says Weinstein is not an outlier. ‘We have to face reality that this is the norm in the entertainment industry,’ she told DailyMail.com.
‘It is not just him.
‘Then I read that the Pussycat Dolls are planning a reunion. That would mean more girls being abused just the way we were. Why wouldn’t it happen again? — it’s all the same people involved.
‘After all that I couldn’t be quiet, I couldn’t just shrug it off any longer or I would be complicit.
‘This sort of thing has been going on for decades. Don’t forget what Tippi Hedren said about Alfred Hitchcock,’ she said, recalling how the star of The Birds had to fight off her director.
‘Everybody in the entertainment industry knows it is not just Harvey Weinstein. All those who say it is are talking BS.’
And she said it isn’t just starlets who are abused. Boys and young men are also prey. ‘One singer I know, a big name in the industry now, told me. ‘You should have just bl..n him. I would have.’
‘But to me it’s all about having a moral compass and saying ‘No.’
Jones first made her allegations in a series of tweets over the weekend. ‘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 $,’ she wrote early on Friday morning.
She followed that up with a second tweet. ‘How bad was it? people ask — bad enough that I walked away from my dreams, bandmates & a 134 million dollar record deal. We knew we were going to #1.’
Minutes later came a third tweet. ‘To be apart (sic) of the team you must be a team player,’ she wrote. ‘Meaning sleep with whoever they say. If you don’t they have nothing on you to leverage.’
Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin (pictured in June) called Jones’ allegations ‘disgusting, ridiculous lies’ and said that that Jones is ‘clearly looking for her 15 minutes’
Then a fourth. ‘Why don’t we report it? Because we are all abused! I personally have been warned if I tell I will … you know end up dead or no more career.’
Jones blames band founder Robin Antin — whom she dubbed ‘the den mother from hell’ for many of the problems. She claims band members were paid just $500 a week as Antin got rich.
Jones also leveled stark accusations in apparent reference to the 2014 suicide of Simone Battle, a member of G.R.L., another girl group founded by Pussycat-mastermind Antin.
Battle’s death by hanging was ruled a suicide, and a spokesperson at the time said the performer had suffered from depression due to financial issues.
‘I want the den mother from hell to confess why another 1 of her girl group girls committed suicide? Tell the public how you mentally broke us,’ Jones tweeted.
She later added: ‘It’s best to not get defensive & attack when you’re guilty.
‘Sorry your house of cards is done. Everyone will soon know the truth ….
‘I love how predators enjoy playing the victim. Pathetic.’
‘She mentally and verbally abused us every second of the day,’ Jones told DailyMail.com. ‘She would tell me how fat my a** was or how small another girl’s breasts were.
‘She even took all our baby pictures for a project she called ‘Before The Dolls Were Dolls.’ It was all in such a rush that I didn’t even have time to make copies.
‘When I asked for them back she said she had thrown them in the trash. So, basically, I lost all my childhood pictures.’
Antin, 56, has hit back claiming Jones was never a real member of the band. She blasted Kaya’s comments as ‘disgusting, ridiculous lies,’ and told The Blast that she is ‘clearly looking for her 15 minutes’.
She also attacked Jones for bringing up Battle’s suicide. But Jones hit back with a tweet ‘It’s best not to get defensive & attack when you’re guilty.’
Two members of the Pussycat Dolls also retortedwith cryptic tweets.
‘#Friday13th really brought out the crazies…’ tweeted Carmit Bachar several hours after Jones’ tweets, declining to specify what she meant.
On Friday, former member Melody Thornton tweeted: ‘It was a smart move! A Dick move but a smart one.’
‘I’d expect that from Carmit, she’s Robin’s best friend,’ Jones said. ‘But I’m cool with Melody, I think she is just having a bit of fun.’
Now she is waiting for other former band members to speak up too.
‘I think they will,’ she said. ‘I have had such a hectic weekend that I haven’t had time to go through all my messages. They may already have sent their support.’