Music | October 19, 2017 11:55 am

The Pussycat Dolls Deny Claims of Prostitution Ring

'Tell the public how you mentally broke us.'

The Pussycat Dolls released a statement Thursday denying claims made by Kaya Jones, a former member of the group who left before it became famous, who called it a “prostitution ring” in which members of the group were made to “sleep with whoever they say,” the BBC reports.

“We cannot stand behind false allegations towards other group members partaking in activities that simply did not take place,” the band’s statement read in part. “To liken our professional roles in The Pussycat Dolls to a prostitution ring not only undermines everything we worked hard to achieve for all those years but also takes the spotlight off the millions of victims who are speaking up and being heard loud and clear around the world.”

Jones’ charges come in the days since dozens of women accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse, including rape. The explosive report inspired the viral #MeToo movement, in which millions of people around the world engaged in a conversation about sexual assault in harassment. Facebook reports that nearly half of Americans are friends with someone who used the #MeToo hashtag in post on the platform.