Spinderella Gets Temporary Restraining Order Against Salt-N-Pepa – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire, it's hard enough to imagine a Salt-N-Pepa without a DJ Spinderella, but it looks like that's going to be a new reality their fans are gonna have to deal with from here on out. Unfortunately, the drama between the Hip Hop legends is escalating. The working relationship fell apart with the iconic group mates earlier this year during the first season of their BET reality TV show, Ladies Night.
Since getting the boot from the group, Spin (whose real name is Deidra Roper), filed suit to include immediate financial relief against Sandra Denton and Cheryl James for unpaid royalties. The Dallas Observer reports that Spin isn't only suing the rap divas, but she's requested a temporary restraining order, too. Her lawyer, Paul Stafford, gave an official statement on the matter, saying:
“Spinderella is seeking injunction relief due to the immediate and irreparable harm that has been caused to her due to the acts and omissions of the defendants. Before we filed this lawsuit, we intended to resolve the matter with all the defendants, but we were unable to do so, and it’s unfortunate that the defendants have chosen not to try and honor Spinderella’s role in the group or their financial or legal commitments to her. So she was in a position where she had to force her rights and protect her brand, so that’s what we’re doing.”
The initial hearing didn't go so good for Spin. It took place in Dallas on Friday, August 2, 2019, where the presiding judge denied her request and turned her case over to a court-appointed mediator. Spin was only fifteen years old when she joined Salt-N-Pepa in 1987. According to her lawsuit, things went left after the trio released their Best of Salt-N-Pepa LP in 1999. In her lawsuit, Spin alleges she was "promised" a $125,000 check and a third of the royalties from the album, but never got a dime. From that point on, the trio's relationship would never be the same.
Hip Hop DX reports what led the world-class DJ to file suit against Sandy and Cheryl was info she received from a meeting with the royalty company, Sound Exchange. She was devastated to learn that the rap duo had been cutting her out of thousands of dollars in royalties for years. The music data professionals reportedly revealed to Spin they paid Salt-N-Pepa more than $600K in royalties over the past ten years.
Spin is suing for trademark infringement because the group is still using her name and likeness for promotional purposes in addition to her share of unpaid royalties, fraud, and breach of contract. So far, the Hip Hop legends have had very little to say about the lawsuit. Their only response was via their publicist who said on their behalf, “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.”
That's about all we have for now. We are still holding out hope that somehow, someway they can kiss and make-up. Either way, I'll keep you posted on whatever happens next with the case.