Spinderella sues Salt-N-Pepa


TMZ reports that Spinderella is suing Cheryl ‘Salt’ James, 53, Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton, 52 for unpaid royalties, trademark infringement, fraud and breach of contract.

(L-R) Recording artists Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton, DJ Spinderella and Cheryl ‘Salt’ James of Salt-N-Pepa attend the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. Picture: GettySource:AFP

The DJ, whose real name is Deidra Roper, claims the issues started with Salt-N-Pepa’s Best Of album, which was released in 1999.

She says she was promised a third of the royalties from that record and that Pepa told her she would be paid $US125,000 but that she never saw that money

Singers Salt 'n' Pepa members Cheryl James (Salt), left, Sandi Denton (Pepa), right, & De De Roper (DJ Spinderella), centre in 1994. Picture: Supplied

Singers Salt ‘n’ Pepa members Cheryl James (Salt), left, Sandi Denton (Pepa), right, & De De Roper (DJ Spinderella), centre in 1994. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Corp Australia

Spinderella goes on to say that she was again promised a third of the royalties from The Salt N Pepa Show which ran in 2007 but she did not receive her share of the money from the reality show.

The 47-year-old claims she received nothing from the group’s performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards and has heard nothing about a new Lifetime miniseries about the band.

She says the final straw was when Sound Exchange, which handles the distribution of royalties to artists, informed her that Salt-N-Pepa had earned more than $US600,000 over the past 10 years but she was not given any of that money.

Spinderella is also claiming trademark infringements, saying Salt-N-Pepa continue to use her name to promote performances.

Publicity pic of the members (L-R) Cheryl James (Salt), Sandi Denton (Pepa) right and De De Roper (DJ Spinderella) centre. Picture: Supplied

Publicity pic of the members (L-R) Cheryl James (Salt), Sandi Denton (Pepa) right and De De Roper (DJ Spinderella) centre. Picture: SuppliedSource:News Corp Australia

Salt-N-Pepa, who formed in 1985, were the first all-female rap ground to go platinum and won Best Rap Performance at the 1995 Grammys.

They had a string of hits including Push It, Shoop, Let’s Talk About Sex and Whatta Man.



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