Spinderella claims that after years and years of cutting it up one time, she was fired from Salt-N-Pepa in January through an e-mail right before they were about to go on tour with New Kids on the Block. Spin claims that Salt-N-Pepa owes her lots of money in unpaid royalties so she sued their alleged scamming asses, and recently asked a judge to give her immediate relief, but instead, the judge decided to extend this messiness by ordering it into mediation.
According to Billboard:
A U.S. District Court judge has rejected DJ Spinderella’s requests for immediate relief against former bandmates Salt-N-Pepa over alleged unpaid royalties, a spokesperson for the duo revealed Friday (Aug. 2). The judge has instead ordered the case to mediation.
“We are grateful for the judge’s ruling as Salt-N-Pepa have been extremely generous to Spin over many decades and attempted to settle what amounts to a divorce, both peacefully and without rancor,” a statement on behalf of the duo reads. “Unfortunately, Spin and her legal team adopted a scorched earth approach that brought unnecessary attention to a business dispute that all along could have, and should have, been settled amicably and privately.”
So all of my legal jargon understanding comes from watching Judge Judy, but it looks like this is not a win for Spinderella. And I’m sure lots of divorces in L.A. have a third party DJ involved somehow, but Salt-N-Pepa saying that they have “attempted to settle what amounts to a divorce, both peacefully and without rancor” makes me think that they don’t understand how most divorces usually go down.
Spinderella also asked that her former group mates take her name out of their mouths.
A lawyer representing Spinderella sent this statement to Billboard about the ruling: “Although the Court denied today’s request for a temporary restraining order, Salt-N-Pepa have agreed [to] not make any reference to Spinderella in connection with any promotion, and will make good faith efforts to cause others to honor the same. In addition, the parties were ordered by the Court to mediate this case — further substantiating Spinderella’s legal and equitable rights against the Defendants to protect her brand and reputation, as well as her right to be compensated for her work.”
Well, I guess that’s a win for now. It does seem sad that after 30 years of partnership and music they can’t work this out. I mean they did such a good job talking about sex, baby, so hopefully mediation should be easy.