Nicole Scherzinger denies she is to blame for the cancellation of the Pussycat Dolls’ reunion tour.
The 2000s woman group’s lead singer filed a response Tuesday to PCD founder Robin Antin’s lawsuit in opposition to her, arguing it “fails to state facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action” and denying she breached a 2019 contract for the tour by asking to renegotiate its phrases in 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
In court docket paperwork solely obtained by Page Six, Scherzinger’s attorneys, Howard E. King and Stephen D. Rothschild, known as Antin’s swimsuit “a meritless effort to enforce an expired 2019 agreement” and claimed the tour had been “cancelled due to the pandemic” — not rescheduled as beforehand introduced on PCD’s Instagram.
“Nicole Scherzinger asked to negotiate terms for a new tour in 2021, instead of agreeing to Antin’s demand that the old agreement govern the new tour,” King and Rothschild stated. “Had Antin participated in the negotiation in good faith instead of stubbornly trying to revive the old agreement, the likelihood is that the parties would have reached an agreement for the new tour.”
The legal professionals went on to accuse Antin, 60, of “mismanagement” and “defamatory efforts publicly to shift blame” from herself to Scherzinger, 43, for the tour being scrapped, noting that Antin “is not a performing member of the Pussycat Dolls.”
Antin sued Scherzinger in September 2021 for allegedly refusing to take part within the tour except she was given a majority share and full inventive management of the group’s extremely anticipated reunion.
“Scherzinger cited the growth of her personal brand and the opportunities she would have to forego to continue to engage in the partnership with [PCD], despite already being contractually obligated to be an ‘active partner’ under the terms of the [2019 contract],” Antin’s attorneys, Richard S. Busch and Max D. Fabricant, stated in her swimsuit, which Page Six beforehand obtained.
In addition to her music profession, Scherzinger is a panelist on Fox’s “The Masked Singer” and starred in NBC’s “Annie Live!” particular in December.
The drama got here to a head Friday when Scherzinger posted on Instagram that the Pussycat Dolls’ “tour dates had to be canceled” due to the “ever-evolving circumstances surrounding the pandemic.” Hours later, her bandmates Carmit Bachar and Jessica Sutta claimed in an announcement of their very own that they had not obtained any “official notification” of a cancellation and solely discovered about it by way of Scherzinger’s put up.
The group’s two different members, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt, haven’t publicly spoken out.
Antin’s lawsuit in opposition to Scherzinger is ongoing. A case administration convention is scheduled for March 2.