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    Former Pussycat Dolls Member Opens Up About Alleged Abuse in Music Industry

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    While the Harvey Weinstein scandal was rocking Hollywood last week, a former Pussycat Doll, Kaya Jones, who was in the group from 2003 to 2005, claimed she had to "sleep with whoever they say" and that they were "all abused."

    Kaya Jones took to Twitter to reveal the alleged sexual abuse she and the other band singers faced at the hands of music executives in the industry some years ago. 

    ​“How bad was it? people ask — bad enough that I walked away from my dreams, bandmates & a 13 million dollar record deal. We knew we were going to #1,” she added.

    Jones had joined the group back in 2003 when she was just a teenager. Her allegations date back at least a decade, and she did not name specific men who took part in the abuse

    ​The choreographer and founder of the Pussycat Dolls, Robin Antin, called Jones' claims “disgusting, ridiculous lies.” She told online publication The Blast that Jones is “clearly looking for her 15 minutes.”

    However, Jones wrote on Twitter that the reason the abused women don’t come forward to report it is because they are threatened and told that their careers would end if they did.

    ​“I hope more women & men come out & share their abuse & pain. We must shine a light on this issue in the entertainment business,” Jones’ added.

    The music band, which had Nicole Scherzinger at the lead, was one of the most successful girl bands of all time selling 53 million records worldwide before their breakup in 2010.

    Just days ago, the massive scandal rocked Hollywood when the founder of Miramax Films, Harvey Weinstein, was accused of sexual harassment and power abuse over a period of 30 years.

    Actresses such as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan came forward with claims that Weinstein had sexually harassed them after giving them film roles.


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