Alesha Dixon is being sued by former Mis-Teeq bandmate over royalties going back more than 15 years

ALESHA Dixon is being sued by her former bandmate over royalties going back more than 15 years, The Sun can reveal.

Sabrina Washington, who was Mis-Teeq’s lead singer and wrote many of their hits, has also begun legal proceedings against former label Universal.

Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha is alleged to have “wrongfully claimed” song-writing royalties for their first two singles Why and All I Want.

The pair, both 41, also fell out after management blocked Sabrina from appearing on Strictly Come Dancing — only for Alesha to shine on the BBC1 show the following year.

Writers get paid more when the song is on radio or TV. Tonight, a pal said: “It is war. Sabrina had to play second fiddle for years and Alesha received five per cent royalties for the girls’ first two songs whereas Sabrina received nothing – they both should have got 2.5 per cent.

“Sabrina wasn’t listed as a writer for the tracks but it was written in her contract that she would get pay parity. She feels she is owed thousands.”

Sabrina was in I’m A Celeb in 2009 but the friend added: “Seeing Alesha on BGT is a real kick in the teeth — especially when she was denied her own shot at reality stardom on Strictly.”

The girl group, also including Su-Elise Nash, 39, were a huge part of the UK pop scene between 2001 and 2005.

A spokesman for Sabrina said tonight: “We are unable to comment on ongoing legal proceedings.”

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