DJ Spinderella Sues Salt-N-Pepa For Royalties Following Her Departure/Firing From The Group

Posted July 11, 2019

image via Salt-N-Pepa Instagram

The fall out between Salt-N-Pepa and their longtime friend and colleague DJ Spinderella just got even messier.

As we previously told you, Spin revealed months ago that the duo gave her the boot from the group after almost 30 years–and then fans were able to see exactly what transpired via their BET reality series ‘Ladies Night.’

The ladies have had ongoing issues in the past related to their relationship with Spin and ultimately reunited a few years ago, but it appears the issues still lingered. Now following their official split–a lawsuit has emerged.

Spin’s filed suit against her groupmates of nearly 35 years … claiming the screw job started with their ‘Best of’ album, released in 1999. In the suit, she says she was promised one third of the royalties for the record, and even got a phone call telling her she would be getting $125k … but she never got it.

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, that was just the beginning. 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.

Even worse, Spin says she got ZERO compensation for their appearance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

But, according to the suit, she got the biggest shock this year. Spin says she was informed by SoundExchange — which collects and distributes royalties to artists — that her groupmates had been paid more than $600k in royalties over the last decade, but she hadn’t seen a dime of that money.

Spinderella’s suing for trademark infringement — she says Salt-N-Pepa continue to use her to promote performances — and fraud and breach of contract.

We hope the ladies are able to work through their differences and issues and resolve any bad blood.

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