'Outrageous & false': Lizzo issues first response on sexual harassment & weight shaming lawsuit
Lizzo & her team are facing a lawsuit of sexual, religious, and racial harassment, discrimination, assault, and false imprisonment.-
Entire Hollywood went into shock after a group of former dancers accused Grammy-winning pop star Lizzo of sexual harassment and even body shaming her group dancers.Lizzo was also accused of creating hostile work environment for her team by three former dancers of her group. Lizzo & her team are now being accused of sexual, religious, and racial harassment, discrimination, assault, and false imprisonment. The three dancers namely- Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez have filed the lawsuit against Lizzo and others. Now, a day after the lawsuit against the 35-year-old Grammy-winning singer was reported, Lizzo on Thursday took to her Instagram and issued her statement calling the accusation 'false and outrageous'. Below is what Lizzo wrote in her official statement-
"These last few days have been gut wrenchingly difficult and overwhelmingly disappointing. My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticized. Usually I choose not to respond to false allegations but these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed. These sensationalized stories are coming from former employees who have already publicly admitted that they were told their behavior on tour was inappropriate and unprofessional...As an artist I have always been very passionate about what do. I take my music and my performances seriously because at the end of the day I only want to put out the best art that represents me and my fans. With passion comes hard work high standards. Sometimes I have to make hard decisions but it's never my intention to make anyone feel uncomfortable or like they aren't valued as an important part of the team," wrote Lizzo on the lawsuit filed against her by dancers.
What is Lizzo accused of?
Lizzo sexual harassment case was filed in Los Angeles, including allegations the dancers were "forced to endure sexually denigrating behaviour" and were "pressured into participating in disturbing sex shows" between 2021 and 2023. As per reports which cited the lawsuit filed by dancers, Lizzo "pressured Ms Davis to touch the breasts" of a performer in a nightclub in Amsterdam, and Ms Davis - after resisting - eventually acquiesced "fearing it may harm her future on the team" if she didn't do so. Lizzo whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson is known for embracing her body and portraying self-love. However, Lizzo has been accused of weight shaming as well in the lawsuit. Lizzo and dance choreographer Tanisha Scott have been of weight-shaming Ms Davis on tour.
As per Arianna Davis, Lizzo and Tanisha questioned her whether she was "struggling with something as she seemed less committed to her role on the dance cast". Davis clarifies that though she never explicitly stated, the questions "gave Ms Davis the impression that she needed to explain her weight gain and disclose intimate personal details about her life in order to keep her job."
To know the full detail about Lizzo's sexual harassment case, visit True Scoop News's interlinked writeup