Additional details regarding Naturi Naughton's lawsuit against 3LW have surfaced that suggest the excommunicated member was encouraged to use sex to further the group's career.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey, alleges that Naughton was under the impression that she was urged to develop a romantic relationship with a member of hip-hop quintet the St. Lunatics in order to secure 3LW's place on a tour with them, according to the Associated Press. After a meeting with the St. Lunatic member, Naughton claims she told groupmates Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams, as well as Kiely's sisters Michelle, who manages the group, and Tse, who runs their production company, that nothing happened between her and the rapper. She says she was then harshly criticized by Michelle for not "getting her mack game up" and failing to "close the deal."
3LW never did tour with the St. Lunatics.
The suit, which seeks monetary damages and the termination of Naughton's contractual obligations with production company Nine Lives Entertainment and Sony Music, names all three Williams sisters and Big Cat Management as defendants (see "3LW Sued By Ex-Member Naturi Over Split, Money").
"Although we were not surprised that Naturi has taken legal action, we were shocked by the outrageous allegations she has made against us," 3LW's Williams and Bailon said in a statement. "We look forward to handling this matter in a professional manner in a court of law."
Naughton's lawyer did not return calls at press time.
[This story was updated at 5:11 P.M. EST on 10.11.02.]