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It’s official (again): Danity Kane breaks up

After reports of an explosive fight in the studio earlier this week, group members confirm that pop group Danity Kane is dunzo.

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On Tuesday, news leaked that group members Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richard had a scuffle that ended with Richard punching O’Day and O’Day filing a police report of battery by Richard.

O’Day and the third member of Danity Kane, Shannon Bex, both released personal statements on the Danity Kane website to share their sorrow — and their side of the story — with fans.

“During a recent group meeting, a business conversation took a turn for the worse when my group member punched me in the back of my head while I was speaking to another associate,” O’Day’s statement read. “To be clear, she was not physically engaged or threatened prior to her attack on me. 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 and ideas should never end in physical aggression.” O’Day also insinuated that Richards’ “dark” behavior was nothing new and had in fact been going on for a while.

Bex’s statement backed up O’Day’s, saying, “As for the actions that have brought upon this broken ending, I cannot speak for anyone or explain their internal struggles that prompted this heartbreaking sequence of events. All I know is what I have seen. I did not witness a shouting match, a catfight or a brawl. I witnessed a single direct punch.” Bex added that she had experienced “escalating events that led to my overall frustrations with Dawn… months ago.”

Richard told TMZ that the accounts regarding her violent behavior are “exaggerated lies and and false accusations.” TMZ is also reporting that the altercation between Richard and O’Day erupted after Richard found out that O’Day and Bex had been meeting and recording new tracks behind her back.

The group’s breakup comes just one year after the announcement that Danity Kane would be reuniting and less than a month after the women released social media teasers from their upcoming album.

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