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Danity Kane singer Dawn Richard has penned an open letter in response to the previous posts by fellow band members Aubrey O'Day and Shannon Bex as well as O'Day's allegations of violence by Richard. 

Last week, the girl group announced that they had split for a second time after O'Day wrote a letter on the group's website claiming she had been punched by a fellow group member.  A report by TMZ.com named Richard as the aggressor in the attack. On Saturday, Richard wrote on Facebook, "I am sorry to everyone that this news has to come out. You're worth more. Certain choices were made that I am not proud of. However, I will not be disrespected.

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"I continued to work with both parties to try to release the album even when the original story was leaked without anyone being consulted," Richard continued. "I have been unable to release my statement via Danity Kane social media because my access to all Danity Kane social media pages has been blocked by DK members. This forces me to make my statement on my personal page. This could have all been handled privately; however, certain parties chose to make this public before it could be rectified. I am not justifying my actions. I am saying this was all done before any changes or conversations could even be had."

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Danity Kane first formed in 2005 on the third edition of the MTV reality series Making the Band. O'Day and former member Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgett were removed from the group in 2008 by Bad Boy Records head P. Diddy. The remaining members, including former member Aundrea Fimbres, disbanded the following year. O'Day, Bex, Richard and Fimbres reunited last summer, but Fimbres left in May 2014 to start a family.

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