By Kevin Rutherford
After last year’s reunion and work on a new album, Danity Kane have officially broken up — again.
The group confirmed the news on Twitter Friday afternoon (Aug. 8). Statements from remaining members Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex were included in a TwitDoc post, which gave the reason for the girl group’s shuttering once more.
It had been rumored earlier in the week that the group had fought while recording their new album, with member Dawn Richard reportedly punched O’Day in the back of the head. The incident was confirmed by O’Day in the post.
“To be clear, she (Richard) was not physically engaged or threatened prior to her attack on me,” O’Day noted. “This is the same information I provided to the police, and witnesses also corroborated this account of the incident. I cannot condone or excuse any form of physical violence, particularly at the hands of someone I considered family. Disagreements happen. But a war of words and ideas should never end in physical aggression.
O’Day claims the incident was followed with “no sign of remorse” from Richard and explained that negativity had been stewing for quite a bit over the past year, with the assault the final straw.
“As for the actions that have brought us to this broken ending, I cannot speak for anyone or explain their internal struggles that prompted this heartbreaking sequence of events,” Bex added. “All I know is what I have seen. I did not witness a shouting match, a cat fight or a brawl. I witnessed a single direct punch.”
Both added in a joint statement concerning the breakup: “We know it must be devastating for our fans to have spent the last twelve months supporting our every move, and for that we cannot apologize enough.”
Richard has not yet responded to the allegations.
The group was reportedly at the “finish line” for their new album, the first since 2008’s Welcome to the Dollhouse. Danity Kane was originally formed as part of MTV’s Making the Band 3 and was a five-piece, though after a 2009 disbandment and subsequent reunion at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards nearly a year ago, member D. Woods had not rejoined.
Aundrea Fimbres initially was part of the reunion but left the group earlier this year.