On Wednesday’s episode of “The Real,” guest co-hosts Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton responded to allegations from DJ Spinderella that the former third member was "wrongfully excluded" from their Lifetime biopic.
After Adrienne brought up the claims, she asked the legendary hip-hop artists to give an update as to where they stand with the DJ, who was terminated from the group in 2019.
In response, James said she reached out to Spinderella and calls the controversy “unfortunate.”
“We’ve come to a crossroads where we have decided to agree to disagree. I definitely am open and Pepa’s open. We’ve talked about it and our hearts are open, have always been open to Spinderella,” James continued.
“As far as the public is concerned, I’m really happy about the people who know that they don’t know everything. There’s six sides to every story. We just hope that we can come to some sort of resolution in the future. You never know. You never know what God is doing.”
While Denton says she and James “did reach out to” Spinderella to “consult with the movie,” she adds that the movie is centered on her and Denton’s friendship since college.
“But yes, Spinderella joined us, a part of it. We will always acknowledge her contribution that she’s done with us. She will always be our sister,” Denton said. “We love her, but we have always made sure that she had the opportunity and the platform. We always encourage her to be Spinderella and be supportive of her, so that is important.”
James added, "Perception is not reality."
Last month, after the “Salt-N-Pepa” movie premiered, Spinderella wrote a series of tweets claiming she was excluded “from every aspect of development and production..all the while using my image throughout, given that I played an integral role in the group's story and success."
"Too often, Black women who have made meaningful contributions in their industry are left out of historical narratives. Back when Salt n' Pepa was building our legacy, which is rooted in empowering women, I could not have dreamed that this same group would one day disempower me,” the DJ wrote.
Words cannot fully express my disappointment when I learned a decision was made to move forward with a Lifetime biopic that wrongfully excluded me from every aspect of development and production...— Spinderella (@Spindeezy) January 22, 2021
Despite her claims, Spinderella applauded the actresses in the film, including Monique Paul, who played her. However, she wishes she “would've been given an opportunity to share my true perspective.”
"In reflection, I'm grateful I've managed to uphold a 30-year career of truly empowering women with my gift, against all odds. This will continue in my work and in my service,” she wrote.
In May 2019, Spinderella announced she would not be participating in a tour with the group after reportedly receiving a “termination email” that January.
Two months later, The Blast reported that Spinderella sued her former bandmates for unpaid royalties, multiple breaches of contract, fraud, and intentional misrepresentation. TMZ later reported that the case was dismissed in July 2019 after the trio reached a confidential settlement.