Lizzo addresses false harassment claims made by ex-dancers

In a recent lawsuit filed against Lizzo, the pop star has responded to allegations of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment by three of her former dancers. Lizzo, whose real name is Melissa Viviane Jefferson, calls the allegations “false” and expresses her disappointment in the situation. The lawsuit also includes accusations of religious and racial harassment, discrimination, assault, and false imprisonment. The ex-dancers bringing the case are Arianna Davis, Crystal Williams, and Noelle Rodriguez, who have spoken out about their alleged mistreatment while working with Lizzo and her production company, Big Grrrl Big Touring (BGBT).

Lizzo states that she usually chooses not to respond to false allegations but feels compelled to address these outrageous claims. She denies pressuring Ms. Davis to touch the breasts of a performer in a nightclub in Amsterdam and emphasizes that she has always been passionate about her music and performances. Lizzo expresses her commitment to putting out the best art that represents her and her fans, while acknowledging the importance of hard work and high standards. She asserts that it was never her intention to make anyone feel uncomfortable or undervalued as a part of the team.

The pop star counters the claim of fat-shaming by addressing her own body positivity and self-love advocacy. Ms. Davis alleges that Lizzo and dance choreographer Tanisha Scott questioned her commitment to the tour, suggesting that her weight gain indicated a decline in her abilities as a performer. Lizzo dismisses these allegations, noting that weight gain in professional dance is often unfairly perceived as laziness or incompetence.

The lawsuit also brings attention to the alleged mistreatment of the dance cast by BGBT staff. The dancers claim to have faced scolding for “unacceptable and disrespectful” behavior without any specific details provided. Furthermore, the dancers suggest that the comments and treatment were racially and fat-phobic in nature, as they were mainly directed at the full-figured women of color in the dance troupe. The case also accuses the dance team’s captain, Shirlene Quigley, of imposing her Christian beliefs on performers and demeaning those who engaged in premarital sex.

Racial discrimination is another issue raised in the lawsuit, as the plaintiffs assert that black members of the dance troupe were treated differently from other team members. The management of BGBT is accused of favoritism and unfair treatment towards certain members of the team.

Additionally, the dancers claim they were not fairly compensated during parts of Lizzo’s European tour. This raises concerns about fair payment practices within the music industry and the treatment of dancers who contribute to the success of live performances.

The response from Lizzo sheds light on her personal experience with body shaming and her commitment to promoting respectful treatment of women. She emphasizes that she does not want to be viewed as a victim but aims to address the false narratives that have been perpetuated by the media and former employees. Lizzo expresses her gratitude to those who have supported her during this challenging time.

As the lawsuit unfolds, it is important to consider the perspectives of all parties involved and await further statements and evidence. Dancers and performers’ rights, fair treatment, and inclusivity in the entertainment industry are crucial issues that need ongoing attention. Society must strive for fairness, respect, and accountability in all working environments, including the music industry.