The drama between Salt-N-Pepa and their former groupmate Spinderella continues.
Last month Spinderella, real name Deidra Roper, sued Sandra Denton and Cheryl James for unpaid royalties. Now she is requesting a restraining order. Yep you read that right.
According to the Dallas Observer Spin requested a temporary restraining order against Denton and James along with immediate relief. Spinderella’s attorney, Paul Stafford, released a statement on her behalf saying:
“Spinderella is seeking injunctive relief due to the immediate and irreparable harm that has been caused to her due to the acts and omissions of the defendants. Before we filed this lawsuit, we intended to resolve the matter with all the defendants, but we were unable to do so, and it’s unfortunate that the defendants have chosen not to try and honor Spinderella’s role in the group or their financial or legal commitments to her. So she was in a position where she had to force her rights and protect her brand, so that’s what we’re doing.”
On Friday a hearing was held in Dallas but the judge denied her request, instead ordering the case to mediation.
“We are grateful for the judge’s ruling as Salt-N-Pepa have been extremely generous to Spin over many decades and attempted to settle what amounts to a divorce, both peacefully and without rancor,” a spokesperson for Salt-N-Pepa said in a statement released to Hip Hop DX.
Spinderella joined Salt-N-Pepa in 1987 when she was 15. For 20-plus years, the trio has put out several albums and toured around the world. According to the lawsuit, Spinderella says problems began around 1999 when the group dropped their Best Of album.
Spinderella says she was “promised” one-third of the royalties from that album and was even told she would get $125,000, but never received it. She also says she was told she’d be apart of the duo’s reality series on VH1, but only made a handful of appearances.
She reportedly filed after SoundExchange, a royalty company for artists, told her Salt-N-Pepa brought in more than $600K over the past 10 years, which Spinderella said she didn’t get any of.
In May, she revealed she wouldn’t be touring with Salt-N-Pepa as part of the New Kids On The Block: The Mixtape Tour and claimed the other two members had sent her packing.
“I’m deeply saddened to share with all the #SaltnPepa and #Spinderella fans that I will not be performing on the #NKOTB Mixtape Tour,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “Despite my participation in promoting the tour and being highly publicized as one of the acts, in January 2019 I received a ‘termination’ email from #SaltnPepa excluding me from performances with the group.”
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