Lizzo hits again at ‘outrageous,’ ‘unbelievable’ sexual harassment lawsuit

It’s about rattling time.

Lizzo has lastly weighed in on the bombshell lawsuit that three of her former backup dancers filed towards her Tuesday.

“These previous few days have been intestine wrenchingly troublesome and overwhelmingly disappointing,” the Grammy winner, 35, mentioned in an announcement posted to social media Thursday morning.

“My work ethic, morals and respectfulness have been questioned. My character has been criticized. Normally I select not to answer false allegations however these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed.”

Lizzo mentioned the “sensationalized” claims got here from former staff who “already publicly admitted” that their conduct whereas touring together with her had been “inappropriate and unprofessional.”

She defined that together with her “ardour” comes “exhausting work and excessive requirements,” admitting that she has to “make exhausting choices.”

“It’s by no means my intention to make anybody really feel uncomfortable or like they aren’t valued as an vital a part of the staff.”

Lizzo has responded to the bombshell allegations made towards her in a current lawsuit.

Lizzo launched an announcement slamming the “outrageous” sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit filed towards her by former backup dancers.
Lizzo / Instagram

The “2 Be Liked (Am I Prepared)” performer mentioned in her assertion that she was not attempting to seem as a “sufferer” however implored her followers and followers to know that she isn’t “the villain” that she has been portrayed as in current days.

“I’m very open with my sexuality and expressing myself however I can not settle for or permit folks to make use of that openness to make me out to be one thing I’m not,” she wrote. “There may be nothing I take extra significantly than the respect we deserve as girls on the earth.”

Lizzo added that she is aware of what it looks like “to be physique shamed every day and would completely by no means criticize or terminate an worker due to their weight.”

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“Normally I select not to answer false allegations however these are as unbelievable as they sound and too outrageous to not be addressed,” she wrote in an announcement.

“I’m damage however I cannot let the nice work I’ve carried out on the earth be overshadowed by this,” she concluded. “I wish to thank everybody who has reached out in help to carry me up throughout this troublesome time.”

Crystal Williams, Arianna Davis and Noelle Rodriguez got here collectively Tuesday to accuse Lizzo, whose actual identify is Melissa Jefferson, of making a hostile work setting, sexual harassment and incapacity discrimination, amongst different claims.

In February, the “Good as Hell” singer allegedly invited her dancers to an evening of debauchery at Amsterdam’s red-light district, identified for its intercourse theaters, intercourse outlets, golf equipment and bar, per the go well with obtained by Web page Six.

Lizzo onstage.
The Grammy-winning artist has been accused by three of her former dancers of making a hostile work setting, sexual harassment and different scathing claims.
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Whereas at Bananenbar, a membership identified for grownup leisure, Lizzo allegedly inspired her dancers to “take turns touching nude performers, [catch] dildos launched from the performers’ vaginas and [eat] bananas protruding from the performers’ vaginas.”

She then allegedly pressured Davis, one of many plaintiffs, to the touch a performer’s nude breasts regardless that Davis had already expressed thrice that she didn’t wish to achieve this.

The professional dancer claimed she ultimately touched the performer’s chest “briefly” after Lizzo led an “overwhelming” refrain of chants for her to take part, per the go well with.

Arianna Davis
Plaintiff Arianna Davis claimed within the go well with that Lizzo pressured her to the touch a girl’s bare breast throughout a tour cease in Amsterdam and likewise weight-shamed her.

The next month, the “Reality Hurts” singer invited her dancers out once more throughout a tour cease in Paris however allegedly failed to say that the venue they have been going to was a nude cabaret bar.

“Not till the curtain opened and nude girls started to bounce on the stage did plaintiffs know what they have been in retailer for,” the lawsuit said, noting that dancers felt “strain” to go on these outings out of concern that they could lose their jobs or be ostracized if they didn’t go.

In April, Lizzo had the dancers re-audition for nearly 12 grueling hours after she allegedly accused them of “unprofessionalism” and suspected that a few of them had been consuming alcohol earlier than exhibits.

Crystal Williams.
Crystal Williams, one other plaintiff, as soon as spoke up after Lizzo allegedly accused the dancers of consuming on the job. She was subsequently fired.

The dancers have been allegedly “not allowed a break” through the re-audition, which the lawsuit described as “brutal.”

David claimed she dirty her pants onstage at one level as a result of she was frightened of getting fired if she excused herself from the re-audition.

At one other time, Lizzo allegedly known as out Davis’ weight achieve regardless that the dancer had disclosed previous to her hiring that she battles binge consuming, despair and nervousness. The dancer was in the end fired after it was found that she had secretly recorded a staff assembly.

Lizzo's dancers posing.
Lizzo allegedly additionally held a grueling 12-hour re-audition for her dancers with “no breaks.”
Instagram/ Arianna Davis

Per the go well with, Rodriguez give up thereafter in solidarity with Davis as a result of she felt her pal had been “disrespected” through the firing.

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Lizzo allegedly started “cracking her knuckles, balling her fists and exclaiming, ‘You’re fortunate. You’re so f–king fortunate,’” as if implying that she needed to hit Rodriguez.

The “Rumors” singer allegedly additionally caught her center fingers up and shouted, “Bye, bitch!,” per the go well with.

Noelle Rodriguez.
Noelle Rodriguez give up as a result of she felt Lizzo had been “disrespectful.”

Except for Lizzo, the singer’s manufacturing firm, Huge Grrrl Huge Touring, Inc., and dance captain Shirlene Quigley are additionally named as defendants within the go well with. The latter is accused of talking inappropriately about her sexual fantasies in entrance of dancers whereas additionally proselytizing.

For the reason that allegations have turn out to be public, Lizzo has confronted a ton of backlash on-line.

Her former artistic director backed the dancers’ claims, a documentary director known as the flautist “boastful, self-centered and unkind” and Beyoncé omitted Lizzo’s identify from “Break My Soul (The Queens Remix)” throughout a tour cease in Massachusetts.