Nicole Scherzinger responds to ‘meritless’ Pussycat Dolls tour lawsuit days after cancelling reunion

Pussycats Dolls star Nicole Scherzinger has responded to a lawsuit filed by the group’s founder, labelling it “meritless”.

The girl band’s lead singer filed her response on Tuesday, four months after Robin Antin claimed in a lawsuit that Scherzinger had refused to participate in a reunion tour despite signing an agreement. The tour was scheduled for 2020, prior to the pandemic. 

In Antin’s filing, the choreographed alleged Scherzinger was asking for 75 per cent ownership and would back out of the tour unless she was given complete creative control.

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Now, in Scherzinger’s response — filed on her behalf by her lawyers Howard King and Stephen Rothschild — the singer has claimed: “This case is a meritless effort to enforce an expired 2019 agreement to perform a concert tour in 2019 and 2020. 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 a new tour.”

Indeed, days before Scherzinger’s filing, she unceremoniously pulled the plug on the reunion tour, without reportedly telling her bandmates.

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“Thank you to everyone who had tickets to see PCD — we are so appreciative of your support and loyalty,” she wrote on Friday.

“With the ever-evolving circumstances surrounding the pandemic, I understand the decision that the tour dates had to be cancelled.”

Pussycat Dolls members Jessica Sutta and Carmit Bachar have since responded, claiming on Instagram that Scherzinger failed to tell them and they only learned of the cancellation on the singer’s Instagram Story.

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“We want to say how incredibly disappointed we are to learn of an announcement made on Instagram that the Pussycat Dolls reunion tour is cancelled,” Bachar and Sutta said in a joint statement posted on Saturday.

“As of now, there has been no official notification of that. Either way, it seems as though it’s the end of a chapter to an incredible, life-altering experience filled with some awesome memories that we will forever be grateful for.”

The group first disbanded in 2010, with Scherzinger pursuing a solo career. But they reunited in late 2019 to promote their reunion tour in 2020.

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