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Nicole Scherzinger Faces Lawsuit Over Pussycat Dolls Reunion

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The Masked Singer judge, Nicole Scherzinger is facing an ongoing legal battle. The Pussycat Dolls frontrunner is currently battling a lawsuit by the group’s founder, Robin Antin. The news arrived after Scherzinger agreed to take part in a reunion tour pre COVID-19. Now, according to a document filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the performer is threatening to walk away from the gig. Scherzinger requested a majority share and complete creative control in relaunching the group.


Nicole Scherzinger’s Lawyer Fires Back at Lawsuit Claims

According to a complaint, Antin claims that Scherzinger is refusing to participate in the tour unless given full creative control and a larger share in the group’s business venture. These documents also state that the two came to an agreement in 2019. This awarded Scherzinger 49% of Pussycat Dolls Worldwide’s shares and profits from the tour. However, Antin now says that the Pussycat Dolls lead vocalist demands 75% of the brand. This is also in addition to final decision making authority.

In a statement on Monday, Scherzinger’s lawyer, Howard King called Antin’s claims “ludicrous and false.” The attorney alleged the statements “Are a desperate attempt to divert blame for her own failures by trying to impose obligations on Nicole that simply do not exist.”

Antin’s lawsuit also states that LiveNation is requesting the original $600,000 they invested for the tour back. King on the other hand, is grounded in his belief the Scherzinger is not responsible.

“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. “Prior to Nicole’s involvement, trading on Nicole’s name without her consent. Robin borrowed (and spent) $600,000 from Live Nation that she won’t or can’t repay. Nicole has invested her own funds in excess of $150,000 in support of a potential PCD reunion that has now been made impossible by Robin’s actions.”

The Pussycat Doll’s reunion tour was announced in 2020. However, it was postponed due to the ongoing pandemic. The rescheduled dates were initially planned to kick off with a European leg in May 2021. Now, all are listed as “to be confirmed.”

The Success of the Pussycat Dolls

Scherzinger became a member of The Pussycat Dolls in the early 2000s. The girl group was founded by Antin in 1995. Formed as a burlesque troupe, the idea, was to transform the dancers into a mainstream pop group. Along with Scherzinger was the addition of  Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, and Kimberly Wyatt to the girl group.

The Pussycat Dolls achieved worldwide success in this era. Responsible for hits like “Don’t Cha,” “Stickwitu,” “Buttons,” and their multi-platinum debut album, PCD. Conflict soon arose in the group on the fact that Scherzinger was responsible for all lead vocals. The departure of Bachar preceded the group’s second and final studio album, Doll Domination in 2008.

Scherzinger is undoubtedly the biggest breakout star from The Pussycat Dolls. She is also a prominent face on many music-themed competition shows. The X Factor, Dancing with the Stars, and now The Masked Singer. Her most recent venture prepares her for her role in Annie Live! on NBC.

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