Pussycat Dolls sue Daily Mail over vice ring claims

The Pussycat Dolls, led by Nicole Scherzinger (second from far right), in a gig in Singapore in 2009.
The Pussycat Dolls, led by Nicole Scherzinger (second from far right), in a gig in Singapore in 2009. PHOTO: ST FILE

LONDON •The Pussycat Dolls are sharpening their talons for a court fight. The British girl group from the mid-1990s, whose members included former The X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger, are suing the Daily Mail newspaper.

Last year, it ran stories that linked the group to a prostitution ring, based on interviews with a former back-up singer named Kaya Jones.

"It's clear Ms Jones was an unreliable and biased source simply looking for her 15 minutes of fame and the Daily Mail could have taken its pick of dozens of sources to contact to see if there was an inkling of truth to the statements, but did not do so," the group's lawyer, Mr Richard Busch, said.

"Instead, for pure sensationalism and to grab salacious headlines to sell their product and without considering what it meant for the Pussycat Dolls, their business or their reputation, the Daily Mail published these defamatory statements with a reckless disregard for the truth."

The Pussycat Dolls, who released two studio albums in 2005 and 2008, announced they were taking a hiatus in 2010.

Scherzinger, 39, who recently walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, is also known for her relationship with Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, but they split up three years ago.

Her recent career highlights include getting an Olivier Award nomination for her role in the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats The Musical in London and providing the voice for Sina in Disney's 2016 animated blockbuster Moana.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2018, with the headline 'Pussycat Dolls sue Daily Mail over vice ring claims'. Print Edition | Subscribe