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Salt-N-Pepa Fire Back at Spinderella’s Lawsuit, Accuse Her of ‘Smear Campaign’

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Recording artists Cheryl ‘Salt’ James and Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton of Salt-N-Pepa chat with Nicole George-Middleton, ASCAP VP Rhythm and Soul during the ASCAP ‘Women Behind the Music’ party, honoring rap trailblazers Salt-N-Pepa on October 28, 2015 in New York City.
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*Salt-N-Pepa are firing back at DJ Spinderella’s lawsuit, claiming she has launched a smear campaign against them. 

As EUR previously reported, Spinderella (born Deidra Muriel Roper) filed suit against the rappers over royalties she claims she’s owed, specifically for the “Best of” album that was released in 1999.

In the suit, Spin says she was promised one-third of the royalties for the record, and was assured during a phone conversation about the issue that she would receive $125k … but the payment never came, TMZ reported.

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(L-R) DJ Spinderella and Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton of Salt-N-Pepa speak during the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City.
(L-R) DJ Spinderella and Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton of Salt-N-Pepa speak during the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens at David Geffen Hall on July 11, 2016 in New York City.

According to the docs obtained by the outlet, “Spin says she also got cheated when Salt-N-Pepa excluded her from a VH1 TV show based on the group’s rise to stardom. In the suit, she says she was promised one-third of the group’s fee for the show — and even though she got an occasional guest spot, she got way less than one-third,” TMZ writes.

Pepa (real name Sandra Denton) and Salt (Cheryl James) have responded to the lawsuit, saying: “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.”

They continue, “Spinderella decided to quit performing with Salt and Pepa years ago and asked to rejoin the group “Salt N Pepa” in December, 2013. Nostalgia and the desire to help a friend motivated Salt and Pepa to agree. They offered to pay Spinderella on a per show basis to perform with the group. Spinderella, grateful for the opportunity, agreed” 

The band claims, “Things unfortunately did not work out.” 

Salt and Pepa also deny Spinderella’s accusation they didn’t pay her in full for their Vegas shows, calling the claim “pure fantasy,” per The Blast (via Yahoo).

Spinderella filed a federal lawsuit against her former band mates earlier this year claiming she’s been screwed over by Salt-in-Pepa for years. She says when she refused to accept low pay for her work, she received a written notice of termination from the band’s lawyers in January. 

She also claims Salt and Pepa have been in talks with Lifetime about doing a miniseries on the band, and they have not mentioned a word to her about the project. 

Spinderella even accuses the two women of interfering with her plans to do a Vegas residency. 

She is demanding unspecified damages, royalties and an injunction prohibiting Salt and Pepa from using her name or likeness.

Her former bandmates say they have no problem never mentioning her name again if Spinderella agrees to do the same.  

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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