Salt-N-Pepa Says Spinderalla Has Launched A Smear Campaign To Ruin The Group
(AllHipHop News) Rap veterans Salt-n-Pepa are firing back at DJ Spinderella's royalties lawsuit, accusing her of launching a smear campaign against them.
According to court documents, Sandra Denton and Cheryl James have been trying to take care of their "friend" for years, only for her to throw their generosity back in their faces.
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"After decades of friendship, Spinderella has embarked on a smear campaign, and sued her friends, based on blatantly erroneous assertions," the complaint reads. "The truth, however, is that Salt and Pepa have always tried to do right by Spinderella."
The DJ, real name Deidra Roper, sued the rap duo and accused the pair of short-changing her for years and then firing her.
Roper claims she was an integral part of the group when it formed in the mid-1980s, and she continued promoting the band when she and her former pals went on hiatus in the late 1990s.
But the trio's friendship became strained at the start of the new century when an alleged cash handout for a compilation album never came.
"By the early 2000s, the Defendants discussed with Roper an SNP reunion which would have possibly involved, among other things, a television show based on the legendary female group’s rise to stardom," the original complaint read. But Salt-N-Pepa signed a deal for a VH1 show that didn't include Roper, who was "invited to appear - only as a guest - on several episodes "for minimal compensation."
Spinderella is demanding unspecified damages, accounting for all their royalties and work, and for an injunction prohibiting Salt-N-Pepa from using her name or likeness.