Earlier this month, we reported that Spinderella, Deidra Roper, was suing her former group mates for unpaid royalties for her appearance on their reality show as well as some touring appearances.
Now, weeks later, Salt n Pepa, Sandra Denton and Cheryl James are responding. According to The Blast, the two women claim that they have been trying to take care of Spinderella for years.
Salt n Pepa said, “After decades of friendship, Spinderella has embarked on a smear campaign, and sued her friends, based on blatantly erroneous assertions. The truth, however, is that Salt and Pepa have always tried to do right by Spinderella. Spinderella decided to quit performing with Salt and Pepa years ago and asked to rejoin the group “Salt N Pepa” in December, 2013. “
They said that in order to help their friend and nostalgia influenced Salt and Pepa’s decision to pay Spinderella on a per-show basis. They said Spinderella agreed to the terms.
Obviously things didn’t work out. The band members claim, “Salt-N-Pepa spent months trying to close open issues—like how they would each refer to their shared history going forward as they each pursued respective careers—in the hope they could part as friends.”
The two claim that they have no problem never mentioning Spinderella again, if she promises that she will do the same. Salt n Pepa denied Spinderella’s claim that she wasn’t compensated for their Vegas shows. They refereed to allegation as “pure fantasy.”
Spinderella claims that she was not paid for a compilation album, for which Pepa promised her that she would be paid $125,000. She never received it.
Spinderella says that after years of working with Salt N Pepa, she has yet to be properly compensated but when she inquired about money, she was told that she was being paid the full cut.
For their Las Vegas shows, Spinderella said she was not paid on time or with any regularity. The lack of payment was the final nail in the coffin.
Her lawsuit requests her royalties, compensation for her work and an injunction to prevent Salt N Pepa from using her name or likeness