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Salt-N-Pepa’s Spinderella slams group for cutting her out of biopic and claims ex-bandmates ‘disempowered’ her

SALT-N-PEPA star DJ Spinderella has hit out at her ex-bandmates for working to "disempower" her with a biopic that saw her "wrongful" exclusion.

Spinderella, real name Deidra Roper, was booted out from the band courtesy of a brutal email, before she went on to sue the band for fraud.

Her Salt-N-Pepa sisters Salt, aka Cheryl James and Pepa, or Sandra Denton, will now be the sole stars of an upcoming Lifetime biopic about the Hip Hop band - and Spinderella, 49, is not impressed.

She let rip about the series on her Twitter, in a rant which read: "Sorry but I gotta speak on this Lifetime special.

"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.

"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… all the while using my image throughout, given that I played an integral role in the group's story and success."

The three-hour movie, which is now available to on Lifetime, charts the success of the Push It singers from their time as teenage nurses to music icons of the Eighties.

It also documents their breakthrough music track filmed from the less-than-glam surroundings of a public bathroom in NYC.

The Next Step's Monique Jasmine Paul plays Spinderella and, while Salt and Pepa are listed as producers she is notably excluded.

Spinderella was added to the group in 1985, replacing Latoyah Hanson, after the release of the group's first album.

In a chat with The Breakfast Club, Salt was adamant she and Pepa were already an established act before Spinderella's arrival - in an attempt to explain her absence from the biopic.

The group's DJ was fired in 2019 before she filed an unexpected and explosive lawsuit a year later.

She claimed she was missing royalties, was unpaid for appearances and wasn't paid at all for the band's 2018 appearance at the Billboard Music Awards.

At the time, Billboard reported she was seeking compensation spanning back to Salt-N-Pepa’s 1999 Best Of album and royalties from the last ten years.

She also sued for fraud, trademark infringement and breach of contract.

The case went to mediation and afterwards, Spinderella's attorney stated: "“Although the Court denied today’s request for a temporary restraining order, Salt-N-Pepa have agreed [to] not make any reference to Spinderella in connection with any promotion and will make good faith efforts to cause others to honor the same.

"In addition, the parties were ordered by the Court to mediate this case — further substantiating Spinderella’s legal and equitable rights against the Defendants to protect her brand and reputation, as well as her right to be compensated for her work."

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