May 19, 2022

Nicole Scherzinger’s legal representative has responded to Robin Antin’s complaint, alleging that Scherzinger is refusing to join the Pussycat Dolls reunion tour.

According to a statement received by PEOPLE on Monday from Scherzinger’s lawyer, Howard King, Antin’s assertions are “ludicrous and false,” and alleged they “are a desperate attempt to divert blame for her own failures by trying to impose obligations on Nicole that simply do not exist.”

As asserted in a copy of Antin’s complaint acquired by PEOPLE last week, Scherzinger is requesting that they rewrite a 2019 deal about the group’s latest enterprise, Pussycat Dolls Worldwide, and reunion tour.

According to Antin, Scherzinger is requesting 75 percent of PCD Worldwide (they initially agreed on 49 percent), as well as “complete creative control” and “final decision-making authority.” Scherzinger, according to Antin, is supposedly threatening to withdraw from the tour unless those requests are granted.

The Pussycat Dolls was initially scheduled for a reunion tour this 2020 but was postponed due to the continuing COVID-19 outbreak. The revised dates were originally intended to begin in May 2021 with a European leg. Still, the dates are officially showing as not yet confirmed.

Antin’s lawsuit claims that LiveNation is seeking a refund of the $600,000 it invested in the tour.

King, on the other hand, asserted that Scherzinger is not liable for the money.

“Robin will fail in her efforts to trade on Nicole’s hard-earned success to pull herself out of a deep financial hole she has created by her own poor business and professional decisions,” King said.

“Prior to Nicole’s involvement, trading on Nicole’s name without her consent, Robin borrowed (and spent) $600,000 from Live Nation that she won’t or can’t repay,” King claimed. “Nicole has invested her own funds in excess of $150,000 in support of a potential PCD reunion that has now been made impossible by Robin’s actions (including the public release of the group members’ confidential financial information).”

“Nicole loves and respects the PCD fans and hopes to one day be back on stage performing the group’s amazing hits for them,” King’s statement concluded. “Sadly, this will not happen under these circumstances.”

In 1995, Antin formed the Pussycat Dolls as a burlesque troupe. By 2003, Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Kimberly Wyatt, Carmit Bachar, and Melody Thornton had established a musical girl group.

Scherzinger embarked on a solo career following the disbandment of the Pussycat Dolls in 2009. Recently, she has served as a judge on television shows such as The Masked Singer and The X Factor.