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Lizzo responds to sexual harassment claim

The singer has responded to the lawsuit from the former tour dancers and flatly rejects the allegations.

Lizzo responds to sexual harassment claim

On August 1, former tour dancers Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams and Noelle Rodriguez filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles accusing singer Lizzo, her company Big Grrrl Big Touring, Inc. and her choreographer, Shirlene Quigley, of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment, false imprisonment and interference with prospective economic advantage. The serious allegations contained in the lawsuit span from May 2021 to May 2023.

In response to the lawsuit, Lizzo, known for promoting body positive, issued a statement on Instagram calling the allegations “false” and “outrageous.” She stated that it has been a heartbreaking and disappointing period, and that her ethical principles and respect have been questioned. He stated that he has always taken his music and performances seriously and that, with his passion, comes hard work and high standards. However, he also assured that he has never intended to make anyone feel uncomfortable or unappreciated as part of his team.

Lizzo added that she does not want to be seen as a victim or the “villain,” and stated that she is open with her sexuality and expression, but will not allow them to use that openness to misrepresent her identity. She also stated that she would never criticize or fire an employee for their weight and that she is hurt, but will not let the good work she has done in the world be overshadowed by this situation.

In response to the singer’s statements, West Coast Employment Lawyers (WCEL) attorney Ron Zambrano said her “denial of this reprehensible behavior” has only added to his client’s “emotional distress.”

“The disparaging comments and utter lack of empathy are quite telling about her character and only serve to minimize the trauma she has caused the plaintiffs and other employees who have now come forward sharing their own negative experiences,” he added. “While Lizzo points out that it was never her intention to ‘make anyone uncomfortable,’ that is exactly what she did to the point of demoralizing her dancers and flagrantly violating the law.”

In case you missed it, you can read the details about the three former dancers’ allegations here.

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