It’s always bad to end any type of relationship on bad terms, but when there’s money involved, things tend to get a lot worse.
TMZ reports that legendary rap group Salt-N-Pepa got hit with a big lawsuit. The person on the other side of the suit: their former DJ of 35 years, Spinderella, who is accusing her former group members of screwing her out of millions of dollars in royalties and back revenue.
According to court documents, it all started when Spin was promised $125K in royalties from a 1999 Best Of album (which she says she didn’t know existed until two years later, when Pepa gave her a call, promising compensation). However, she never received the money. Then she was cheated out of contract negotiations for a short-lived VH1 series about the group. She was promised 1/3 of the money from the show, in which she got a couple guest spots. But, once again, she received way less than what was promised.
Elsewhere in the suit (mentioned by Baller Alert), Spin mentions she was cheated in the deal for a Vegas residency late last year. She was asked by Salt & Pepa to lower her total compensation for her role. Spin ultimately agreed to defer half of that fee in exchange for a higher “per show” pay for the group’s “Mixtape Tour” with New Kids On The Block this year. However, just a few days later, she was fired from the group altogether (by email, nonetheless). So, not only did she not receive that money, but she also received ZERO compensation from the group’s performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.
The final nail in the coffin came just this year, when Spin was informed by SoundExchange, the company that distributes royalties to artists, that her ex-groupmates collected $600K in royalties over the last decade…and she did not receive A SINGLE DIME.
As a result, Spin (real name: Deidra Roper) is now suing Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton for fraud and breach of contract. She is also suing for trademark infringement since the group still uses her likeness to promote their performances.