Former En Vogue member Maxine Jones is casting the blame for her massive debt and bankruptcy problems on her former bandmates, stating that if it was not for their actions she would not be in the position she is in. The singer recently went back to court in order to fight for renewed usage of the band’s name in order to rectify her situation.
In April of 2013, Jones and fellow ex-bandmate Dawn Robinson were stripped of their right to use the band’s name in order to promote their solo careers following their departure from the group. The two founding members of En Vogue, who are still a part of the group, launched a one million dollar lawsuit in 2012 in order to block Jones and Robinson from using the name. They accused the two of illegally touring under the name to boost their own publicity, but argued that they had no right to do so as the copyright for the name was still owned by them.
The judge who took on the case sided with the original members, Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron. The two former members now, by order of the judge, are not allowed to use the En Vogue name in any way, shape or form. The judge did not, however, award Ellis and Herron any money, as he said the two failed to provide damages in terms of the million they were asking for. Later reports revealed that although Robinson was listed in the court documents and therefore a part of the ruling, she had given up using the name En Vogue entirely several years before the lawsuit even came about, thus shifting the results of the verdict solely onto Jones.
Jones is now filing an appeal to the aforementioned ruling, asking to be allowed to use band’s name to book gigs and appearances in order to raise her income and pull herself out of the financial hole she has been stuck in since being stripped of said right. In the countersuit, the 52-year-old claims that losing the right to the band’s name forced her to file for bankruptcy, after which she was over $100,000 in debt. Her debts included over $210,000 for her home, $22,000 in taxes, $17,000 in legal fees, and over $500 in Victoria’s Secret bills.
Jones lists her monthly income as just over $3400 a month, which she says is nowhere near enough to cover her monthly expenses. She is asking for the judge to reconsider her request to use the name En Vogue for all intents and purposes, as she believes it is the only way to bring herself out of debt. This is not the first time that Jones has appealed the judge’s original decision; she requested the ruling be overturned shortly after it was first delivered in 2013, a request which was quickly denied by the head courtroom official.
It remains to be seen what will come of former En Vogue member Maxine Jones’ latest request to be given back the rights to the usage of the name. However, she is reportedly determined to regain said usage as she believes it is her one and only option to restore her financial situation back to its former stability.
by Rebecca Grace