Paul Stafford Quoted in Dallas Morning News on Spinderella / Salt-N-Pepa Lawsuit

“Let’s talk about suits: Dallas DJ Spinderella takes her Salt-N-Pepa bandmates to federal court”

Whatta mess, Whatta mess, whatta mess.

The woman known as Spinderella is suing her Salt-N-Pepa bandmates and their manager James Maynes in Dallas federal court. The Dallas DJ claimed she has been wrongly kicked out of the Grammy-winning hip-hop trio that produced such long-ago hits as “Whatta ManA” and “Let’s Talk About Sex” and “Push It,” one of Rolling Stone’s 50 greatest hip-hop tracks.

…Paul Stafford, a former Dallas and Denton county prosecutor now representing Roper, said he and his client tried – “for years” – to resolve the matter. To collect the money she says she’s owerd. To get her image removed from the promotional materials now that she’s no longer in the group. To end this “amicably, to the extent possible.”

But when nothing came of those negotiations, Stafford said, to the federal courthouse they went.

“It’s not easy to file legal action against two of your groupmates when you’ve been through so much together over so many decades,” he said. “But we have rights that should be respected. And Ms. Roper’s ability to get additional performances and her reputation could be hampered by this ambiguity and the misappropriation of her brand, image and work. So we can’t just ignore the continuing harm.”